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newjerseydevils.com – The Devils have figured out how to win at home, and now try to carry that success with them on the road.
Winners of 10 of their last 11 in Newark, the Devils have lost back-to-back road games and three of their last five away from Prudential Center.
But those recent road troubles haven't extended to Carolina, where New Jersey tries for its fourth straight win against the Hurricanes tonight (7 p.m., FSN NY, WFAN 660 AM).
The Devils have won six of eight overall, including Tuesday's 2-1 shootout victory over Buffalo. They nearly won in regulation but gave up a goal with 1:47 left in the third period.
"It was a game in which both teams didn't want to give up much," head coach Brent Sutter said. "It's always disappointing giving up a goal in the last two or three minutes of a hockey game, but we found a way to win. All points are big, any way you look at it."
Goalie Martin Brodeur made 23 saves and improved to 6-1-0 with a 1.26 GAA over his last seven starts. Brodeur had last played on Friday, beating Philadelphia 3-0 for his 96th career shutout and fourth this season.
New Jersey holds a one-point advantage over Pittsburgh in the Atlantic, while Carolina has a five-point lead over Atlanta in the Southeast Division.
Goaltender Cam Ward gave Carolina's defense a much-needed lift the last time the team took the ice.
The Hurricanes will be trying to build off their third shutout of the season.
Cam Ward stopped 19 shots in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Boston and has been in net for each of Carolina's three shutouts. The victory was just the Hurricanes' second in six games and came three days after a 1-0 defeat in St. Louis.
Michael Leighton had started the previous two games in place of Ward, who had lost six of his previous eight starts while allowing 31 goals. Leighton, who made his first two appearances of the season, allowed four goals in the two games, going 1-1.
Goalie John Grahame, who went 4-6-1 with a 3.83 goals-against average in 13 games, was sent to the minors on Friday.
The Hurricanes (22-19-4) are hoping their goalies can continue to play well. Carolina ranks among the worst defensive teams in the league with 3.11 goals allowed per game and is killing off a league-low 76.4 percent of its opponents' power play chances.
The Hurricanes have been stronger offensively, scoring 2.98 goals per contest. They added another scoring threat on Tuesday, claiming Sergei Samsonov on re-entry waivers from Chicago.
Samsonov played nearly 21 minutes against his former team that night on a line with Rod Brind'Amour and Cory Stillman. Samsonov, who had a career-best 75 points in 2000-01 for Boston, had managed just four assists in 23 games with the Blackhawks this season.
with wire services
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