March 31, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) pokes the puck off the stick of Carolina Hurricanes right wing Chad LaRose (59) during the 1st period at the PNC center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Devils - Hurricanes: What To Watch For

The first-place New Jersey Devils (8-1-3) will look to extend their win streak to six games as they host the Carolina Hurricanes (6-4-1) tonight at Prudential Center. The Hurricanes are coming off a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders last night, taking over first place in the Southeast Division. With 19 points, the Devils are still atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference. The puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. Here are the game notes and the preview:

Red-Hot Devils: As it has been the major story line for the Devils during the past week, New Jersey will look to get its win streak to six games tonight against the Hurricanes. The Devils last lost on Feb. 2 in Pittsburgh, and the last five wins have each come by at least two goals.

Hurricane Coming: In Carolina’s 6-4 win over the Islanders last night, its top line of Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal and Alexander Semin combined for nine points. As a line that has the potential to be one of the best across the league, look for the Hurricanes’ first line to cause destruction in New Jersey again tonight.

Home Sweet Home: Playing at Prudential Center has been kind to the Devils so far. New Jersey’s 5-0-1 home record is the best in the Eastern Conference. The only other NHL team without a home regulation loss are the Chicago Blackhawks and they’ve only played two of their 12 games in Chicago.

Marty Between the Pipes: After Johan Hedberg‘s incredible performance on Sunday night — again — Martin Brodeur will be back in net for New Jersey tonight. In his nine starts this season, Brodeur, 40, has been one of the best netminders in the NHL. His six wins rank second in the league behind Chicago’s Corey Crawford, and his 2.29 goals-against-average is good enough for the top-15 list in the league.

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