Devils, ‘Canes begin home-and-home between new rivals

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Updated: November 27, 2013

(SportsNetwork.com) – The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils will kick
off their Metropolitan Division rivalry with a home-and-home series, as the
teams meet for the first of two straight tilts in Wednesday’s matchup at
Prudential Center.

This home-and-home set, which begins tonight in New Jersey before ending
Friday in Raleigh, will consist of the first two of four scheduled meetings
between these clubs in 2013-14. The teams are both part of the Metro Division
after the NHL’s realignment plan that went into place at the start of this
season.

Carolina has claimed three of the past five meetings with the Devils, but
Jersey has taken seven of the past 10 encounters overall. The Hurricanes also
had lost seven in a row in New Jersey before posting a 4-2 decision at the
Prudential Center on Feb. 12 of last season.

The Devils are 4-3-2 as the host this season and Carolina is just 3-6-1 on the
road.

The Hurricanes were last in action on Sunday when they notched a 4-1 home win
over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Cam Ward posted 35 saves to earn his first
victory since Oct. 19. Ward returned last week from a groin injury that had
kept him out for almost a month, but he was 0-1-1 in his first two starts
before beating the Sens on Sunday.

Eric Staal posted a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, who snapped a
four-game slide with the win. Tuomo Ruutu, Elias Lindholm, and Patrick Dwyer
all scored in the victory.

“If we keep working like that, guys are going to come alive and we’re going to
win some hockey games,” Dwyer said of his team’s effort.

The Devils enter Wednesday’s clash having lost two straight on the heels of a
three-game winning streak. New Jersey lost both games in regulation and was
most recently handed a 3-1 defeat Monday in Winnipeg.

Patrik Elias scored the only goal for the Devils, while Martin Brodeur gave up
two goals on 21 shots in the loss.

“We just didn’t make many good passes or challenge to much one-and-one,” said
Elias. “We have to do those things if we want to create some opportunities.”

Cory Schneider expects to get the start in net for the Devils tonight and is
1-1-0 with a 2.51 goals against average in two career outings against
Carolina.

Ward is 8-11-02 with a 2.71 GAA in 21 regular-season contests versus New
Jersey.