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newjerseydevils.com – After splitting the first two games of their series at Prudential Center, the Devils will need a victory on the road if they are to advance past the Carolina Hurricanes.
New Jersey gets its first shot with tonight's Game 3 in Raleigh (7:30 p.m., MSG Plus, WFAN 660 AM). The best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal is tied at a game apiece.
The Devils came up short with a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 2 on Friday. Tim Gleason scored 2:40 into the extra session on a blast from the point, as the Hurricanes reclaimed home-ice advantage.
Winning at Carolina's RBC Center has posed its share of challenges for Jersey's Team. The Devils went 0-2 there during the regular season, and have gone 2-3-4 on the road in their previous postseason meetings with the Hurricanes.
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To reverse that trend in the next two games, the Devils will have to do it shorthanded. Devils President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello said captain Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey's top-line right winger, will miss both games of this trip due to a lower body injury sustained during the second period of Game 2.
Devils head coach Brent Sutter said he hasn't decided yet how he would juggle the lines to replace Langenbrunner, who scored his 32nd career playoff goal in New Jersey's 4-1 triumph in Game 1.
"It's what (do) you do with those guys that you take off that, when you take them away from that line? How does it impact (right winger Brian Gionta)?" Sutter said. "Those are things that you've got to think about. What is the right fit for (forwards Travis Zajac and Zach Parise), too? There's a lot of different things to weigh out here."
Then again, the Devils are used to making up for their injured stars. They were without Martin Brodeur for four months after he hurt his left elbow and still managed to win the Atlantic Division for the third time in four seasons.
"All year, we've bragged about our depth of our team, and how everything was solid," Brodeur said. "Everything will be tested now. Guys can do it."
Brodeur was screened on Gleason's one-timer that deflected off traffic and into the net. The loss dropped the Devils to 0-5 versus the Hurricanes in postseason overtime decisions.
"I'm sure they feel pretty good about themselves, like we felt pretty good about ourselves after Game 1," Brodeur said. "But we thought we played another solid game. So we played two good hockey games against a good hockey team. They played probably only one, if you asked them. We're on the road now, looking to go into a battle."