March 21, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils center Stephan Gionta (11) checks the Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jussi Jokinen (36) off the puck at the PNC center. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #25: at New Jersey Devils


The Carolina Hurricanes (9-10-5) will look to build off of one of their strongest games of the season as they start a two-game series against the New Jersey Devils (9-10-5) tonight at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

Hurricanes Lineup
Tlusty – E. Staal – Ruutu
Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer
Skinner – Lindholm – Dvorak
Bowman – Malhotra – Nash
 
Sekera – Faulk
Bellemore – Hainsey
Harrison – Murphy
 
Ward/Peters
 
Scratches: Khudobin, Semin, Gleason (Injured) Westgarth (Suspended) Komisarek (Healthy).
 
Devils Lineup
Zubrus – Zajac – Jagr
Loktionov – Henrique – Ryder
Brunner – Elias – Bernier
Carter – Josefson – Janssen
 
Greene – Zidlicky
Fayne – Gelinas
Merrill – Harrold
 
Brodeur
[Schneider]
 
Scratches: Clowe, Salvador, Volchenkov (Injured). Adam Larsson (Healthy).

 

After a rough start to the season, the Devils have turned their season around, winning six of their last ten and moving into fourth in the Metropolitan Division tied with the Canes.

Some of the Devils forwards, most notably Jaromir Jagr, have begun to play better and have played a large part in the Devils current surge. Cory Schneider has also played well and is earning some Team USA talk.

But the Devils have lost their last two, while the Hurricanes are coming in on a big win over the Senators. The Canes will have to use that momentum to keep the Devils out of the game.

Last game, Tuomo Ruutu and Eric Staal impressed on offense with both playing arguably their best games of the season. Kirk Muller should keep the pair together, so we’ll see if that level of play carries over.

Cam Ward has also played strong in net for the past two games and should get the call in net once again.

A recap will be posted after the game.

Tags: Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal Tuomo Ruutu