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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at N.J. Devils (Game 4)

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes at N.J. Devils (Game 4)


Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils

Game 4, Eastern Conference Semifinals Series “J”
Saturday, May 13, 3 p.m. (ET)
Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

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Wednesday's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils play Game 4 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series on Saturday at Continental Airlines Arena (3 p.m., NBC, 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 last Saturday, won 3-2 in overtime in Game 2 on Monday and won 3-2 on Wednesday in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

The Hurricanes will return to Raleigh on Saturday following the game. If necessary, the Hurricanes will have a 10:30 a.m. skate in advance of Game 5 on Sunday (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network).

Television: NBC
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

Through games of May 11, Eric Staal’s (4g, 9a) and Rod Brind’Amour’s eight game points streaks ranked tied for first in the NHL this postseason. When Staal, Brind’Amour and Cory Stillman each extended their streaks to seven games in Carolina’s Game 2 win against New Jersey on May 8, the trio set a new franchise record for longest postseason points streaks.

Hurricanes rookie netminder Cam Ward has earned wins in each of his first seven NHL postseason starts, leading Carolina to a 4-2 series win against Montreal and a 3-0 series lead against New Jersey. Ward has stopped 195 of 207 shots he’s faced this postseason giving him a .942 postseason save percentage, good for second in the NHL through games of May 11. Also through games of May 11, Ward’s 1.45 goals-against average ranked second in the NHL.

With his win in Game 2 against New Jersey, Ward became the first rookie goaltender in league history to win his first six NHL playoff starts. Ward also joined Boston’s Tiny Thompson (1929-30) as the second netminder to win his first seven NHL postseason starts. His win in Game 3 against Montreal made Ward the first rookie in Carolina franchise history to win his first postseason start.

NHL Goaltenders to Win First Seven NHL Playoff Starts

  • 1929-30 - Tiny Thompson, Boston (7)
  • 2006 - Cam Ward, Carolina (7)

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points and in eight straight games (4/24-5/10: 4g, 9a)
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour has earned points eight straight games (4/24-5/10: 6g, 4a)
  • Goaltender Cam Ward has earned wins in each of the last seven games (4/26-5/10)
  • Right wing Justin Williams has earned points in each of the last three games (5/6-5/10: 1g, 2a)
  • Right wing Mark Recchi has earned points in each of the last two games (5/8-5/10: 1g, 1a)

MILESTONE WATCH

  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour is 2 points shy of 100 NHL playoff points

Injury Report

  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed last 21 games of the regular season and 9 playoff games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

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
9
4
9
13
17 Brind'Amour
9
6
4
10
61 Stillman
9
3
5
8

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
29 Gerber
2
7.20
0-1
.735
30 Ward
8
1.45
7-1
.942


Devils
GP
G
A
PTS
26 Elias
7
6
8
14
15 Langenbrunner
7
3
9
12
23 Gomez
7
3
4
7

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L
SV %
30 Brodeur
7
2.32
4-3
.925
40 Clemmensen
1
0.00
0-0
1.000

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62