Hurricanes travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils

MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Jordan Martinook #48, Derek Stepan #18 and goaltender Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate their victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Bell on October 21, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Jordan Martinook #48, Derek Stepan #18 and goaltender Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate their victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Bell on October 21, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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MONTREAL, QC – OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Jordan Martinook #48, Derek Stepan #18 and goaltender Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate their victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Bell on October 21, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC – OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Jordan Martinook #48, Derek Stepan #18 and goaltender Frederik Andersen #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate their victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Centre Bell on October 21, 2021 in Montreal, Canada. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

Carolina has an interesting game tonight, as they make the trip to the rock in New Jersey to meet their Metropolitan Division Rivals in the Garden State. New Jersey has been completely beaten up with injuries and the Canes travel to the Prudential Center through ice and fire as they attempt to get two points from this game and push ahead at the top of the Metropolitan Division standings.

Carolina hammered the New York Rangers last night 6-3 and will be looking to continue their strong momentum forward in order to create a gap between them and the rest of the chasing pack. New Jersey seems to provide the perfect opponent for a dominant Canes team to expose when they are at their best. Riddled with injuries and a lack of talent, this seems too good to be true.

Carolina’s depleted forward core will likely be even weaker, but that doesn’t mean anything for the team that called up its AHL affiliates forward core and beat two genuine NHL organizations straight up with no real way to complain or combat it, so it’s that next man up mentality for the Canes in the pursuit of their maiden Metropolitan division title.

Carolina may be giving out a first NHL start to a goaltender or giving a tired starter both ends of this doubleheader. Either way, the defense is going to need to play at its best to reduce the workload of the netminder and protect themselves as much as they can under the circumstances. They need to protect the goalie in this one because it’s either a child or a tired Dane and you don’t want either of them losing their confidence.

Either way, this is looking like a game that Carolina could trip over or a team where they will smack the New Jersey Devils in 15 different directions as they blow them off the face of the earth. There doesn’t seem to be an in-between right now.