New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes, March 9th 12:30 PM
Yes you had every right to be disappointed, but you can’t argue that the Devils weren’t overmatched when they got ‘Gentlemen Swept’ in the 2nd Round of the Playoffs last year by the Carolina Hurricanes. After finishing one point behind the ‘Canes for 1st place in the Metropolitan Division last year, there is certainly some extra incentive for the Red and Black when they go up against Coach Rob Brind’Amour’s squad.
In four matchups between the division rivals, New Jersey finished 2-1-1 (after starting 0-1-1), which included an inspiring two-goal comeback led by a strong game by young forward Dawson Mercer.
Unfortunately, the two teams will only meet three times this season rather than four or five, which should happen with rivalries like this. There will only be one game in Newark, and Devils fans will have to wait until March to see it happen. On top of that, it’s an afternoon game. Still, this is must-see TV (or go live). While this can be considered frustrating for fans of the matchup, it shouldn’t take away from the intensity we saw in the combined nine games between the Devils in Hurricanes in 2022-2023.
Another strong finish in the Metro is not guaranteed for New Jersey, but this matchup against the reigning division champs will certainly be one to watch in this upcoming ‘prove it year.’