New Jersey (0-0-0) at Carolina (0-0-1) 7:00 pm EDT
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) - After defeating the New
Jersey Devils in last year's playoffs, the Carolina Hurricanes
will look for continued success against their conference rivals.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes host the Devils
in New Jersey's season opener on Friday.
The Devils, who finished 46-27-9 last season, were eliminated in
five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals by a Carolina
team that eventually hoisted its first Stanley Cup.
In 2005-2006, New Jersey ended the season on an 11-game winning
streak to win the Atlantic Division and swept the New York
Rangers in the first round of the playoffs before losing to
It was an extremely tumultuous campaign for New Jersey with star
center Patrik Elias sidelined with Hepatitis A and head coach
Larry Robinson suffering with his own health concerns. General
Manager Lou Lamoriello took over behind the bench, which sparked
the Devils' late-season charge.
The Devils are led by Elias, who signed a seven-year, $42
million contract in the offseason and was named the seventh
captain in team history on Thursday. He recorded 16 goals and
29 assists last season in limited action.
Carolina started its season by raising its Stanley Cup
championship banner to the rafters on Wednesday before absorbing
a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres in a rematch of the
Eastern Conference finals. Eric Staal and Erik Cole scored in
The Devils and Hurricanes split their four regular-season
matchups last season.