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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils (Game 2)

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils (Game 2)


Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

Game 2, Eastern Conference Semifinals Series “J”
Monday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Monday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils play Game 2 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Monday at the RBC Center (7:30 p.m., OLN, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes advanced to the second round by virtue of a 4-2 series win against the Montreal Canadiens in the quarterfinal round. New Jersey defeated the New York Rangers in four straight games to advance to the second round. Carolina scored a 6-0 win in the series opener on Saturday.

Following Monday’s game, the Hurricanes will remain in Raleigh and practice at the RBC Center on Tuesday at 11 a.m. prior to departing for New Jersey.

Television: OLN
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Carolina Notes

Hurricanes rookie netminder Cam Ward has earned wins in each of his first five NHL postseason starts, leading Carolina to a 4-2 series win against Montreal and a 1-0 series lead against New Jersey. Ward has stopped 146 of 154 shots he’s faced this postseason giving him a .948 postseason save percentage, good for second in the NHL through games of May 6. Also through games of May 6, Ward’s 1.29 goals-against average ranked second in the NHL. With his win in Game 1 against New Jersey, Ward became the first rookie goaltender to win his first five NHL playoff starts since Mike Vernon did so with Calgary in 1986. With his win in Game 3 against Montreal, Ward became the first rookie netminder in Carolina franchise history to win his first postseason start.

With his win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Ward became just the sixth rookie netminder in NHL history to win his first five NHL playoff starts. A win in his sixth start would make Ward just the third goaltender in NHL history to win his first six postseason starts (Tiny Thompson, Boston, 1929-30 and J.S. Giguere, Anaheim, 2003).

Rookie Goaltenders to Win First Five NHL Playoff Starts:

  • 1928-29 - Tiny Thompson, Boston
  • 1966-67 - Rogie Vachon, Montreal
  • 1974-75 - Gary Inness, Pittsburgh
  • 1979-80 - Pete Peeters, Philadelphia
  • 1985-86 - Mike Vernon, Calgary
  • 2005-06 - Cam Ward, Carolina

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and in six straight games (4/24-5/6: 3g, 8a) including assists in two straight (5/2-5/6: 1g 3a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has earned points six straight games (4/24-5/6: 5g, 3a) and assists in three straight (4/30-5/6: 1g, 3a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned points in six straight games (4/24-5/6: 3g, 4a) and scored goals in two straight (5/2-5/6: 2g, 1a)
  • Goaltender Cam Ward has earned wins in each of the last five games (4/26-5/6)

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 7 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

May 8 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
May 9 RBC Center 11 a.m.
May 10 Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
May 11 none
May 12 TBD in New Jersey
May 13 none
May 14 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
May 15 RBC Center 11 a.m.
May 16 Continental Airlines Arena 11:30 a.m.
May 17 RBC Center 12 p.m.
May 18 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

*All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

Against the Devils

The Hurricanes and the Devils met four times during the 2005-06 regular season, with Carolina posting a 2-1-1 record. The Hurricanes outscored New Jersey 13-9 in the four games, with Carolina’s biggest victory coming in a 6-1 game at Continental Airlines Arena on Oct. 15. The Hurricanes posted a 4-1 win against New Jersey at the RBC Center on Dec. 17, and suffered 4-3 overtime loss on April 11 in Raleigh in the teams’ most recent meeting. New Jersey scored its lone regulation win against Carolina on Feb. 3 when Martin Brodeur stopped 28 shots in a 3-0 shutout win on Scott Stevens jersey retirement night. Captain Rod Brind’Amour (3g, 1a), center Matt Cullen (1g, 3a) and left wing Cory Stillman (0g, 4a) led the Hurricanes in the four-game season series against New Jersey, each posting three points. Cam Ward posted a 1-1-0 record, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in two games against the Devils while Martin Gerber posted a 1-0-1 record, a 2.51 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in two games. Martin Brodeur started all four games in the series for New Jersey, posting a 2-2-0 record, a 3.27 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage. Brian Gionta led the Devils with five points (2g, 3a).

For a detailed breakdown of the 2005-06 series between the teams, please go to page 99 in the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Guide. This marks the third all-time playoff series between the Carolina franchise and New Jersey. The last time the teams met in the postseason prior to this series was in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a 4-2 Hurricanes series win. The Hurricanes franchise posts a 6-6 all-time record against the Devils in the playoffs, including a 4-2 home record and a 2-4 record in New Jersey.

PLAYOFF STATISTICS

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
7
3
8
11
17 Brind'Amour
7
5
3
8
61 Stillman
7
3
4
7
8 Cullen
7
3
2
5
39 Weight
7
1
4
5

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
2
7.20
0-1
.735
30 Ward
6
1.29
5-1
.948


Devils
GP
G
A
PTS
26 Elias
5
5
6
11
15 Langenbrunner
5
2
6
8
23 Gomez
5
2
4
6
14 Gionta
5
2
4
6

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Brodeur
5
2.05
4-1
.933

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72