Friday, June 2, 2023

NHL Playoffs Round 2 Game 5 Preview: New Jersey Devils (1-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (3-1)


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
Carolina 1 5 0 – – 6
DEVILS 1 0 0 – – 1
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:

Team Season SHG Rd. GP W L
NJD 2022-23 2 1 7 4 3
NJD 2005-06 3 CQF 4 4 0
NJD 1999-00 2 F 6 4 2
NJD 1997-98 2 CQF 6 2 4
NJD 1996-97 3 CQF 5 4 1
NJD 1987-88 3 DSF 6 4 2

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.

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

New Jersey dressed 11 forwards and six defensemen in consecutive games. The Devils surrendered six unanswered goals and then four in the span of 5:20 in the second period (7:26-12:46). The five goals allowed in the second period on Tuesday marked the second time in franchise history that the Devils allowed five goals in a single period during a playoff game. It also marks the most goals that the franchise allowed in a single period for a playoff contest. The team allowed five goals in the second period of a playoff contest vs Boston on May 6, 1988, after a 6-1 loss (Game 3, ECF). Giveaways: New Jersey logged 26 giveaways, which marked the most giveaways that the team surrendered this postseason, prior: 15, twice:

Apr. 20, Game 2, vs New York Rangers, 5-1, loss
Apr. 22, Game 3, at New York Rangers, 2-1, OT-W
Prior to Game 4, the most giveaways that the Devils suffered in a single playoff game for franchise history was 21:
May 13, 2006, vs CAR, 5-1 win

Tonight marked the second time in the series that New Jersey allowed six goals against Carolina:
Game 2, 6-1 loss.
The six goals against are tied for the most all-time that the Devils allowed in a playoff game vs Carolina (three times). The Devils have erased a 3-1 series deficit once, which was a memorable comeback in the 1999-00 Eastern Conference Finals vs Philadelphia. The Devils also started that series on the road. For NHL history, teams combined for an all-time series record of 32-302 when trailing in a series 3-1. New Jersey enters Game 5 with an overall postseason franchise game-by-game record of 25-17 in a Game 5 played and 13-8 record at home. The team owns a 1-0 record in a Game 5 played for the 2022-23 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Looking back…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:

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 Devils logged a 2022-23 postseason team-high eight goals in Game 3 on Sunday and at Prudential Center. It marked the second times in franchise history that the team recorded eight, or more, goals in a playoff game, last: April 22, 1988, vs Washington, 10-4 win in Game 3 of the Division Finals. Keep in mind that New Jersey dressed 11 forwards and seven defenseman in Game 3 – instead of 12 and 6. The second most goals earned in a single playoff game for franchise history was seven, which the team logged twice: Apr. 21, 1992, at New York Rangers, 7-3 win in Game 2 of the Division Semi Finals.

May 30, vs Dallas, 7-3 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.
The eight goals scored were the most that New Jersey earned in a single playoff game vs Carolina, prior: 5 goals, three times, last: May 13, 2006, 5-1 win vs CAR. New Jersey netted three goals in the first and third period, which marked the most goals that the Devils scored in a period this postseason. The Devils witnessed the first penalty shot all-time against them in a playoff game, while Carolina’s Jordan Martinook converted. It was also credited as a shorthanded goal. The Devils allowed three shorthanded goals, which marked the most SHG against in a single playoff game for franchise history. Prior to tonight’s contest, the most shorthanded goals that Jersey allowed in a playoff game was two – 4 times, last: Apr. 17, 1997, vs Montreal, in a 5-2 win. The three shorthanded goals allowed also marked the fourth time that a team suffered three SHG against, which are the most allowed all-time in an NHL postseason game:

Minnesota North Stars, 4/11/81 vs BOS
Calgary Flames, 4/17/83 vs EDM
New York Rangers, 4/17/83 vs NYI
The most shorthanded goals that the team allowed in a single playoff year for franchise history is five via 1987-88 (20 GP). Yet, New Jersey earned three shorthanded goals in the 2022-23 Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the most shorthanded goals that the team posted in a single playoff year is 4 – accomplished three times via 2005-06, 1999-00, 1987-88. Per NHL Pr, “New Jersey set a new franchise record after boosting their total to 17 thanks to Jack Hughes (2-2—4), Dawson Mercer (0-3—3) and Luke Hughes (0-2—2) combining for nine points tonight.” New Jersey witnessed 13 different skaters record a point in Game 3, which marked the second most players who logged at least one point in a postseason contest for franchise history:

14, Apr. 21, 1992, vs NYR
Also, 13, Apr. 27, 1992, vs NYR

Vs CAR Record:
Overall: 11-17
Home: 8-6
Road: 3-11

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


The Hurricanes opened the Second Round with a 5-1 win over the Devils at PNC Arena on 5/3. 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 suffered an 8-4 loss against the Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday. Seth Jarvis, Jordan Martinook and Jordan Staal scored a franchise-record three goals while shorthanded, with Martinook’s goal marking the first penalty shot goal by any Whalers/ Hurricanes skater in the postseason. Sebastian Aho also lit the lamp, extending his point streak to six games. Frederik Andersen made eight saves in net before Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 18 of 22 shots faced, suffering the loss in relief.

Carolina earned a 6-1 win over New Jersey at Prudential Center on Tuesday. Martin Necas scored the team’s first two goals, and Jordan Martinook posted three points (1g, 2a) in his fourth consecutive multi-point outing. Brent Burns (1g, 1a), Brett Pesce (1g, 1a) and Jordan Staal (2a) all recorded two points, as Burns scored his first Hurricanes playoff goal. Frederik Andersen made his fifth consecutive start in net, stopping 21 of 22 shots faced to improve to 4-1 this postseason.

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 92 games (10/12-5/9)
Ondrej Kase, concussion, missed 91 games (10/14-5/9)
Max Pacioretty, torn Achilles, missed 47 games (1/21-5/9)
Antti Raanta, illness, missed three games (5/5-5/9)
Andrei Svechnikov, torn ACL, missed 28 games (3/12-5/9)
Teuvo Teravainen, broken hand, missed eight games (4/21-5/9)
2022-23 Regular-Season Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 334
2023 Playoffs Man-Game Lost Due to Injury: 56

— 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.

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