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Hurricanes hope to cap winning road trip at Devils

A season-long six-game road trip for the Carolina Hurricanes began as if it might end up sinking their playoff hopes. But the Hurricanes can close out the jaunt Thursday by further solidifying their standing in the Eastern Conference wild-card race when they visit the New Jersey Devils in Newark, N.J.

Both teams were off Wednesday after playing Tuesday, when the Hurricanes beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2, and the Devils fell to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.

The win for the Hurricanes (38-25-5, 81 points) was their third in a row and vaulted them into a tie for the Eastern Conference wild-card spots with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The two teams are one point ahead of the New York Islanders, who fell out of the East's final playoff spot with a 5-4 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

Points: K. Palmieri45
Plus/Minus: K. Rooney8
Shots on Goal: N. Gusev158
PIM: P. Subban79
Win: M. Blackwood22
Shutouts: M. Blackwood3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 185 (25)
Shots: 2117 (23)
PP%: 17.9% (21)
Penalty Minutes: 666 (8)
Assists: 309 (25)
SH Goals: 9 (4)
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Washington 41 20 8 90
Philadelphia 41 21 7 89
Pittsburgh 40 23 6 86
Carolina 38 25 5 81
Columbus 33 22 15 81
NY Islanders 35 23 10 80
NY Rangers 37 28 5 79
New Jersey 28 29 12 68
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 224 (6)
Shots Against: 2256 (11)
PK%: 82.4% (7)
Penalty Minutes: 636 (10)
Shutouts: 4 (13)
Sv%: 0.901 (20)
Date Player Status
3/10 M. McLeod Undisclosed injury (day-to-day)
3/9 F. Claesson Lower-body injury (day-to-day)
2/18 W. Butcher Ruptured thumb ligaments - left game (day-to-day)
10/1 B. Strait Concussion (IR)
Date Player Transactions
3/30 E. Lack Retired
3/16 M. Tennyson Sent to minors Binghamton-AHL
3/16 J. Kuokkanen Sent to minors Binghamton-AHL
3/10 M. Tennyson Called up from minors from Binghamton-AHL
3/9 J. Kuokkanen Called up from minors from Binghamton-AHL
3/8 J. Kuokkanen Sent to minors Binghamton-AHL
3/7 J. Kuokkanen Called up from minors from Binghamton-AHL
3/6 J. Jacobs Sent to minors Binghamton-AHL
3/6 J. Boqvist Sent to minors Binghamton-AHL
3/1 J. Jacobs Called up from minors from Binghamton-AHL
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