Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google

NEWS

Devils draw first-round matchup with 'Canes

Saturday, 04.11.2009 / 9:42 PM / News
By Eric Marin
X
Share with your Friends


Devils draw first-round matchup with \'Canes
newjerseydevils.com – After beating the Carolina Hurricanes in Saturday's regular season finale, the Devils will face them in the opening round of the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Pittsburgh's 3-1 win Saturday night in Montreal locked Carolina into the sixth seed with 97 points, and set up a Devils-Hurricanes best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

The Devils, meanwhile, posted a 3-2 victory Saturday for their first win in four meetings with Carolina this season. Dainius Zubrus broke a 2-2 tie with 4:26 remaining in regulation, while Zach Parise and David Clarkson had the other goals for the Atlantic Division champs.

Martin Brodeur registered 23 saves for his first win in two appearances against Carolina this season. He has held the Hurricanes to four goals in those two games, which included a career-high 46 saves in a 2-1 home loss on March 28.

Parise had two goals in this year's season series, and said Saturday that three losses to Carolina shouldn't have any bearing on what happens in their upcoming postseason battle.

"Win one, win two, what's the difference?" said the Devils' leading scorer. "I think we've matched up pretty well against them and every time we've lost it's been tight the whole way through. We'll see what happens."

The Devils faced the Hurricanes three times in the final three-and-a-half weeks of the regular season, and four times since Jan. 6. Patrik Elias (2g-2a) and Brian Rolston (4a) were the Devils' leaders. Rolston had two assists in Saturday's game for his fourth multipoint outing of the year.

Rod Brind'Amour had six points (6a) against the Devils, but defenseman Anton Babchuk has burned the Devils for four power-play goals and an assist in four games. Babchuk struck twice with the man advantage in Saturday's contest.

Purchase Playoff Tickets:
Home Game 1 2 3 4  8-Game Strips
"We happen to know Carolina a lot because we've played them so much here since January," said head coach Brent Sutter, whose Devils won a franchise-record 51 games. "We've seen them play a lot here recently, and obviously they're playing very well."

Carolina's Cam Ward started the first three games of the season series and posted a 3-0 mark with a 1.67 goals-against average. In his last appearance versus the Devils, Ward recorded 31 saves in a 2-1 win at Prudential Center.

This will be the fourth postseason meeting between the teams. The Devils needed six games to win their 2001 Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchup with the Hurricanes, and went on to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Carolina, however, has won their last two postseason series clashes with the Devils, including the 2006 Eastern Conference semifinals, which they captured in five games.

Elias (1g-4a) and Jamie Langenbrunner (1g-4a) were the Devils scoring leaders in that series, while Eric Staal had three goals and four assists to pace all Hurricanes. All three skaters figure to have a big impact on their respective clubs when the upcoming quarterfinal gets underway either Wednesday or Thursday at Prudential Center.

Ward, who had a career-high 39 wins this season, started all five games against the Devils in the 2006 semis and allowed five goals in his four wins, including a shutout. Jay Pandolfo had the game-winner in New Jersey's 5-1 triumph in game four at the Meadowlands.

Carolina eliminated New Jersey in six games of the 2002 quarters, when current Devil Kevin Weekes secured the final two wins of the series for the Hurricanes. Brian Gionta had both of the Devils' game-winners in the series.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 50 23 9 3 32
A. Henrique 55 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 52 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 38 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 62 4 19 -8 23
T. Zajac 54 9 10 -5 19
S. Bernier 47 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 44 2 16 2 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 6 .926 2.23
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59