After going 7-0 at RBC Center to start the season, the Hurricanes lost four of their next six at home. Carolina, which has won four of its last five games overall, also plays the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 20 and Florida Panthers on Dec. 23 to complete this homestand.
“It was kind of the example we saw out on the west coast,” Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward said. “They really take advantage of being at home. That’s how we have to approach it here.”
Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said his team—narrowly ahead of Tampa Bay for the Southeast Division’s top spot—needs to win all five games of the homestand.
“We’ve got to win them all,” he said. “We have got a chance to really take advantage of the schedule here.”
The Devils are 1-2-3 in their last six games and coming off a 3-2 overtime loss Thursday to the Atlantia Thrashers. It was the fourth consecutive game to go into overtime for New Jersey, which has scored three goals or less in its last nine games.
The Devils were 0-for-7 on the power play, including one in overtime that might’ve been the difference.
“Our power play is just killing us,” Devils coach Larry Robinson said. “We’ve considered everything, but the bottom line is if you don’t shoot the puck on the power play it doesn’t matter.”