BY: DAVID KOLB
CAROLINA HURRICANES (3-5-3) @ NEW JERSEY DEVILS (5-3-3)
ON THE BOARD WITH THREE
New Jersey Devils’ forward Michael Cammalleri scored a natural hat-trick Sunday against Carolina, giving him his first three goals of the season. It was the sixth hat-trick of his NHL career, and his first as a Devil. Cammalleri seems to own the hot-hand against Carolina, and now has nine points ( five goals, four assists) in his past six games against the Hurricanes.
Andy Greene scored an unassisted, empty-net, shorthanded goal with 55 seconds remaining in the third period Sunday against the ‘Canes. It was the second shorthanded goal of his career, but more importantly, the Devils captain provided key minutes on the backline, closing the game with a season-high 24:27 time on ice.
ZAJAC GETTING GOING
Devils center Travis Zajac looks to make it four in-a-row tonight, as No. 19 has tallied a point in each of the three games in November, logging an assist Sunday on Cammalleri’s opening goal in the second period in Carolina. Zajac also won ten of sixteen face-offs (62.5%) against the Hurricanes’ Sunday, helping create offensive possessions for the Devils.
GETTING THE GOALTENDING
The Devils have historically seen great goaltending against the Hurricanes, and Sunday was no different as Keith Kinkaid allowed only one Hurricane goal. Cory Schneider and Kinkaid have now combined for an 8-4-1 all-time vs. the Hurricanes.
INCREASING THE EDGE
While the Devils out-hit Carolina twenty to fifteen and won 54% of face-offs on Sunday, figure the edge in both categories could increase at the Prudential Center tonight. Devils coach John Hynes will have the last change, giving him the ability to put his checkers and top face-off centers on the ice at the opportune moments.