Wednesday, May 31, 2023

NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 3 Preview: Carolina Hurricanes (2-0) at New Jersey Devils (0-2)


The Hurricanes opened the Second Round with a 5-1 win over the Devils at PNC Arena on Wednesday. Jesper Fast (1g, 1a), Jordan Martinook (2a) and Jordan Staal (2a) each tallied two points, while Sebastian Aho (1a) extended his point streak to four games. Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored the first goal of his Hurricanes playoff career, and Brett Pesce and Brady Skjei each lit the lamp after Carolina’s blue line scored just one goal in six First Round games. Frederik Andersen stopped 18 of 19 shots faced in net.

Carolina posted a 6-1 win over New Jersey at PNC Arena on Friday. Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored the game’s opening two goals just 2:23 apart, and Jack Drury (2a), Shayne Gostisbehere (2a) and Jordan Martinook (1g, 1a) each also tallied two points, with Drury’s points marking the first playoff points of his NHL/Hurricanes career. Stefan Noesen and Jordan Staal scored the other goals for Carolina, while Sebastian Aho recorded an assist to extend his point streak to five games. Frederik Andersen stopped 28 of 29 shots faced in net.

The Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders in six games, with a 2-1 record at home and on the road. Sebastian Aho (4-3—7) and Brent Burns (0-5—5) led the team in scoring, while Paul Stastny scored three goals in the series, including his third career playoff overtime goal to clinch the series in Game 6. Carolina went 5-for-25 (20.0%) on the power play, as Stefan Noesen paced the team with two goals on the man-advantage, and the team’s league-leading 94.4% penalty kill rate (17-for-18) established a new franchise record for a single playoff series. Antti Raanta (3-2) and Frederik Andersen (1-0) each made appearances in net, as Andersen made his Hurricanes playoff debut in Game 6 and recorded his first series-clinching win since 2015.

Jake Gardiner, upper-body, missed 90 games (10/12-5/5)
Ondrej Kase, concussion, missed 89 games (10/14-5/5)
Max Pacioretty, torn Achilles, missed 45 games (1/21-5/5)
Antti Raanta, illness, missed one game (5/5)
Andrei Svechnikov, torn ACL, missed 26 games (3/12-5/5)
Teuvo Teravainen, broken hand, missed six games (4/21-5/5)
2022-23 Regular-Season Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 334
2023 Playoffs Man-Game Lost Due to Injury: 44


May 7 at New Jersey 3:30 p.m. TBS HRN
May 9 at New Jersey 7 p.m. ESPN HRN

  • All times are Eastern | BSSO = Bally Sports South | HRN = Hurricanes Radio Network

May 7 Sunday No morning skate
May 8 Monday Prudential Center 1 p.m.
May 9 Tuesday No morning skate
May 10 Wednesday Invisalign Center 12 p.m.
May 11 Thursday PNC Arena 10:30 a.m.

  • All times are local. Times and locations are subject to change.

— Carolina is facing New Jersey in the playoffs for the fifth time in franchise history, trailing only BOS (7) and MTL (7) for the most playoff matchups against any opponent in franchise history. The Hurricanes earned series victories in each of their three most recent meetings with the Devils, during the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal (4-2), 2006 Eastern Conference Semifinal (4-1) and 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal (4-3).

— Carolina and New Jersey have met 155 times in their regular-season histories. Carolina holds a 62-75-12-6 overall record, including a 36-33-8-2 home record and a 26-42-4-4 road record.

— The Devils won the regular-season series 2-1-1 in 2022-23 (Hurricanes: 2-2-0), but the Hurricanes have won five of the teams’ last seven regular-season meetings.

— Carolina posted a 4-1 win over New Jersey at PNC Arena on 12/20. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Stefan Noesen, Jordan Staal and Teuvo Teravainen each scored for the Hurricanes, while Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 37 of 38 shots faced in net.

— The Hurricanes earned a 5-4 shootout win over the Devils at Prudential Center on 1/1. Sebastian Aho (1g, 1a), Stefan Noesen (2a) and Derek Stepan (2g) recorded two points, and Martin Necas scored a power-play goal to force overtime before Andrei Svechnikov scored the only goal in the shootout. Antti Raanta made 24 saves in regulation/overtime and stopped all three shootout attempts.

— Carolina suffered a 5-3 loss against New Jersey at PNC Arena on 1/10. Sebastian Aho (1g, 1a), Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Max Pacioretty each scored for the Hurricanes, while Pyotr Kochetkov made 18 saves in net.

— The Hurricanes fell to the Devils, 3-0, at Prudential Center on 3/12. Pyotr Kochetkov made 20 saves in net.

— Stefan Noesen tallied 43 points (22g, 21a) in 145 NHL games with New Jersey from 2017-19. He also played four postseason games with the Devils in 2018, with his only playoff goal standing as the winner in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round vs. TBL.

— Brett Pesce is a native of Tarrytown, N.Y., about 40 miles northeast of Newark. He played youth hockey with the North Jersey Avalanche and spent one season with the EJHL’s New Jersey Hitmen in 2011-12.

— Paul Stastny’s father, Peter, posted 173 points (64g, 109a) in 217 games with the Devils from 1990-93.

— Dougie Hamilton registered 121 points (42g, 79a) in 184 NHL games with Carolina from 2018-21 and added 14 points (6g, 8a) in 31 playoff games with the Hurricanes. He was acquired from CGY along with Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox in exchange for Noah Hanifin and Elias Lindholm on 6/23/18.

— Acquired from VGK in exchange for Nicolas Roy and a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft (Oscar Plandowski) on 6/27/19, Erik Haula recorded 22 points (12g, 10a) in 41 games with Carolina in 2019-20. He was traded to FLA along with Lucas Wallmark, Eetu Luostarinen and Chase Priskie in exchange for Vincent Trocheck on 2/24/20.

— Brendan Smith tallied eight points (4g, 4a) in 45 games with the Hurricanes in 2021-22. He added four points (1g, 3a) in 14 playoff games with Carolina, scoring his first career postseason shorthanded goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round vs. NYR.

— Devils Video Coach Jerry Dineen’s brother, Kevin, was selected by the Whalers in the third round (56th overall) of the 1982 NHL Draft and played 708 games with Hartford/Carolina over two stints with the franchise (1984-91, 1995-99), recording 544 points (250g, 294a) and a franchise-record 1,439 penalty minutes.


The Devils and Carolina face-off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth time:
2000-01, Devils defeated Carolina in 6 games | Round 1
2001-02, Hurricanes defeated New Jersey in 6 games | Round 1
2005-06, Hurricanes defeated New Jersey in 5 games | Round 2
2008-09, Hurricanes defeated New Jersey in 7 games | Round 1
New Jersey owned home-ice advantage against Carolina in 2000-01 and 2008-09.

This series marks the third occasion all-time that the two foes met in the First Round for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the first time that
they meet while playing in the same division. In 2005-06, Carolina finished in second place for the Eastern Conference, while the Devils finished in third place for the conference. The Devils advanced to the Stanley Cup final, after eliminating the ‘Canes in 2000-01, while Carolina advanced to the Cup final in 2001-02 and in 2005-06 – won Stanley Cup in ’06.

Game 1 | Apr. 18 | NYR 5 at NJD 1
Game 2 | Apr. 20 | NYR 5 at NJD 1
Game 3 | Apr. 22 | NJD 2 at NYR 1 (OT)
Game 4 | Apr. 24 | NJD 3 at NYR 1
Game 5 | Apr. 27 | NYR 0 at NJD 4
Game 6 | Apr. 29 | NJD 2 at NYR 5
Game 7 | May 1 | NYR 0 at NJD 4

New Jersey earned its third playoff series win in franchise history against the Rangers (2005-06, 2011-12), after erasing a 2-0 series
deficit. The Devils improved their all-time series record to 2-7 when trailing 2-0 in a postseason series (1994 won vs Boston). Jersey’s team earned more than one shutout in a single playoff series for the first time since 2002-03 when the Devils posted three shutouts vs Anaheim in the Cup final. The Devils earned two shorthanded goals in a single playoff series for the first time since 2005-06 (3 SHG) and ironically enough was against the Rangers. It also marked the sixth time in franchise history that the Devils recorded two, or more, shorthanded goals in a single playoff series:

The Devils did not allow a power-play goal against in all four wins vs the Rangers, while allowing at least one PPG against in all three
losses vs New York. New Jersey’s Game 7 victory at Prudential Center on Monday, May 1, marked the team’s first-ever Game 7 win at the Rock (1-1). The Devils improved to 8-7 when playing in a Game 7. The Devils improved to 5-0 all-time when scoring first in a Game 7, after Monday’s victory:

2023 R1 vs NYR
2012 CQF vs FLA
2003 SCF vs ANA
2000 CF vs PHI
1988 DF vs WSH

The Devils dropped Game 2 for consecutive playoff series in 2022-23. Jersey’s team was held to one goal in a playoff contest for the fourth time this postseason, which are the most for all active playoff teams when scoring one, or fewer, goals in a contest for the 2022-23 Stanley Cup Playoffs. There are no other active playoff teams who’ve logged more than one game when scoring one, or fewer, goals in a contest this postseason. The Devils were outshot 35-29 in Game 2 and fell to 2-3 when an opponent outshot Jersey’s team this postseason. The Devils are 1-2 when outshooting an opponent this postseason and 1-0 when the shots are even with an opposing squad. New Jersey enters Game 3 with an overall postseason franchise game-by-game record of 25-20 in a Game 3 played and 11-11 record at home. The team owns a 1-0 record in a Game 3 played for the 2022-23 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jersey’s all-time series record when trailing 2-0 in a round is 2-7, while the most recent series came for this matter was earned vs NY Rangers in Round 1 (20223) – and 0-5 when starting a playoff round on the road. Per NHL Pr, there have been two instances when a team trailed 2-0 in multiple series in the same playoff year and won both series:

2010-2011 Boston Bruins 2
CQF 4 vs 3 MTL
SCF 4 vs 3 VAN
2008-2009 Pittsburgh Penguins 2
CSF 4 vs 3 WSH
SCF 4 vs 3 DET

Yet, a team has never won both series when trailing 2-0 in the first and second rounds in the same playoff year. The last time that the Devils hosted a contest in Round 2 for the postseason was during the 2011-12 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Vs CAR Record:
Overall: 10-16
Home: 7-5
Road: 3-11

Overall: 19-29=48 GP
Home: 9-12=21 GP
Road: 10-17=27 GP

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