Welp, once again the New Jersey Devils made themselves feel right at home on Edwards Mill Road, picking up yet another win on the Hurricanes’ home ice — this time by a 3-1 margin. The loss marked the first one in regulation for the good guys at PNC since Nov. 10. The ‘Canes had been riding an 11-game point streak at home that included 10 wins.
Cliff Notes: Not much to say about this one. Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters said they wanted to jump on the Devils early, but it didn’t happen. Despite two power plays in the first, the ‘Canes couldn’t cash in and struggled to put many quality shots on net throughout the game. Combine that with the stellar play of Devils’ goalie — and my former Boston College classmate — Cory Schneider, and you have a recipe for a loss.
Adam Henrique smashed home a one-timer to break the scoreless tie in the second. Michael Cammalleri extended the Devils lead to 2-0 after a garbage shot ricocheted off of Jaccob Slavin’s stick and somehow found the far upper corner of the net.
Sebastian Aho continued his strong play and gave us hope when he jarred a rebound with 12:24 to go in the third. It’s a beaut!
But a steal from Kyle Palmieri late in the game resulted in an empty netter that put Carolina out of its misery.
Storm Category: Tropical Storm. The whole game was just a struggle to get anything going.
‘Cane of the Game: I could pick Aho every game, so I’m going with Brock McGinn. Doesn’t have anything to show for it, but he had some good looks, including this highway robbery by Schneids after a beautiful set play off the faceoff from Ryan Murphy. Come on!
Devil to Hate: I hate the Devils in general, but hard to like Schneider here.
Positive Spin: That point streak at home was a great run. Not as good as winning 16 straight like the stupid Blue Jackets, but great nonetheless. It shows this team is capable of sustaining success at home.
What’s Next?: A win would have given us a little more breathing room in the Wild Card standings over Jersey, but now we’re tied at 39 points a piece. That leaves us 6 points behind the Flyers for the final WC spot at the moment.
Carolina drops to 16-14-7 on the season, but has a chance to rebound Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues. Puck drops at 8 p.m. on FSC.
Noah Hanifin Photo Credit: Gregg Forwerck, Carolina Hurricanes.