Raleigh, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
: Hurricanes -122, Devils +102; over/under is 5.5
NHL PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND: Hurricanes lead series 3-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Carolina Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the NHL Playoffs with a 3-1 lead in the series. The teams meet Tuesday for the 10th time this season. The Hurricanes won the previous matchup 6-1. Martin Necas scored two goals in the win.
Carolina is 52-21-9 overall and 26-9-1 against the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes have allowed 210 goals while scoring 262 for a +52 scoring differential.
New Jersey has a 23-12-2 record in Metropolitan Division play and a 52-22-8 record overall. The Devils rank fourth in league play with 289 total goals (averaging 3.5 per game).
LAST 10 GAMES: Hurricanes: 7-3-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 5.6 assists, 3.8 penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game.
Devils: 5-5-0, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.6 assists, five penalties and 15.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game.
INJURIES: Hurricanes: Ondrej Kase: out (concussion), Jake Gardiner: out (hip/back), Max Pacioretty: out (achilles), Teuvo Teravainen: out (hand), Antti Raanta: day to day (illness), Andrei Svechnikov: out for season (knee).
Devils: Ryan Graves: day to day (upper body), Jonathan Bernier: out (hip).