Hurricanes Fail To Blow Devils Off Course
As crazy as it may seem for a team that started the NHL season in such an abject fashion, the New Jersey Devils are now the form-team off the entire hockey league after winning their seventh consecutive game against Carolina on Saturday.
A Dainus Zubrus double coupled with goals from Henrik Tallinder and Brian Rolston gave the Devils the upper-hand in a comprehensive 4-1 victory, with the Hurricanes only response coming in the third period when Patrick Dwyer scored an easy tip-in.
The Hurricanes’ failure to blow the Devils off course in their own RBC Center represented their third defeat to New Jersey in the past 12 days, meaning that their advantage over their play-off spot rivals has now been slashed to just ten points.
Certainly, Carolina will want to get back to winning ways against New Jersey’s Atlantic Division rivals the New York Rangers at the RBC tonight, but whatever the result they’ll no doubt be keeping a close eye on the Devils’ game against Dallas.
Fortunately for them, the Rangers are currently on a two-game losing streak after going down on home ice to the Philadelphia Flyers in their last game, but that stat will be tempered by the fact that the Dallas Stars are currently winless in their last four.
Should the Devils be able to make it five blanks on the trot for the Stars, then a season that looked dead and buried several months ago may genuinely be showing signs of recovery as their march to get back in the postseason shake-up gathers momentum.