Preview: Devils vs Hurricanes 2009
New Jersey (3):
51-27-4 (106 pts) Home: 28-12-1 Away: 23-15-3
45-30-7 (97 pts) Home: 26-14-1 Away: 19-16-6
Jan 6, 2009 - NJD 2 CAR
Mar 18, 2009 - NJD 2 CAR
Mar 28, 2009 - NJD 1 CAR
Apr 11, 2009 - NJD
3 CAR 2
Carolina won the season series 3-1.
Defense: EDGE New Jersey
Coaching: EDGE New Jersey
Grit: EDGE New Jersey
Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. (TSN)
Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. (TSN)
Sunday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. (TSN)
Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. (TSN)
*Thursday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. (TSN)
*Sunday, April 26, TBD
*Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. (TSN)
I like the upset here as it looks like Carolina is peaking at the right time whereas New Jersey stumbled a bit down the stretch. Eric Staal
and Cam Ward
have done this before and will lead the Canes to a 6-game series win.
This is the series that interests me the most, not just because of the contrast in styles between both teams, but because of how hot Carolina got towards the end of the year. If anyone is going to be able to stop the Devils, it's a team that will be able to blow right by them with speed. The Hurricanes fit that bill. But does speed kill in this one? Probably not. Martin Brodeur and the defense were too good down the stretch and should continue their play at a high level. Devils in 6.
Sure, Cam Ward has won a Cup, but Marty Brodeur's won three. The Devils are not the trap team they were in the past and can out-run and gun the Canes. Brodeur and the Devils know how to turn it on at the right time. Devils in 5.