Newark, New Jersey; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. EDT
: Devils -139, Hurricanes +118; over/under is 5.5
NHL PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND: Hurricanes lead series 2-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Carolina Hurricanes visit the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the NHL Playoffs with a 2-0 lead in the series. The teams meet Friday for the eighth time this season. The Hurricanes won 6-1 in the last meeting. Jesperi Kotkaniemi led the Hurricanes with two goals.
New Jersey is 52-22-8 overall with a 22-11-2 record in Metropolitan Division games. The Devils have gone 50-7-6 in games they score three or more goals.
Carolina is 52-21-9 overall and 25-8-1 against the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes have allowed 210 goals while scoring 262 for a +52 scoring differential.
LAST 10 GAMES: Devils: 5-5-0, averaging 2.4 goals, 3.9 assists, five penalties and 15.7 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game.
Hurricanes: 8-2-0, averaging 3.7 goals, 5.4 assists, 3.5 penalties and 9.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game.
INJURIES: Devils: Jonathan Bernier: out (hip).
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).