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RALEIGH Adidas Matt Calvert Jersey , N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes want their record to better reflect their performance and that will take winning more games.The next chance comes against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at PNC Arena.The health of the Devils is worth watching for this game as the matchup comes on the tail end of games on back-to-back days.Article continues below ...Both teams need a pick-me-up.The Devils had a two-game winning streak snapped with Saturday’s overtime loss to visiting Detroit. The Hurricanes are 2-5-2 in a recent games, including a 4-1 home loss Saturday night to the Columbus Blue Jackets.“We didn’t have the desperation,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said.It’s one of the few times that the Carolina coach has expressed disappointment on the effort side. “I think our record doesn’t indicate how well we’ve played,” Brind’Amour said of the season in general. “We probably deserved a few more wins there. But we’ve got to find a way to get those wins. There’s still another level to get to.”The Hurricanes have fallen into holes and had strong starts. There’s not a real trend there.“We’ve shown we can come back too,” Brind’Amour said, acknowledging that assessing personnel is ongoing in some areas. “We’ve got some real pleasant surprises that we didn’t think would be in the mix that have done really well.”The Hurricanes a good dose of shots on net, but they might not be quality opportunities. Those situations also have led to frustrations.“When you don’t score when you have created a lot of chances, then you press,” Brind’Amour said. “Then it opens up the other way Adidas Conor Timmins Jersey , that’s when you get into trouble.”The Devils have put together some good periods and that’s encouraging for a team that has dealt with some lineup adjustments involving key players.“I think we’re playing with better structure than we were,” New Jersey coach John Hynes said.Devils center Nico Hischier is considered day to day with an upper-body injury, and defenseman Sami Vatanen went on injured reserve Saturday with a lower-body injury.“There’s a possibility (Hischier could play in Raleigh),” Hynes said. ” … He has made very good progress, but now any player in that situation is how can he play when he’s in battles, competitive battles and things like that.”Hischier had nine assists for the second most on the team before he sustained the injury last Sunday.As a rookie last season, Hischier produced four points across four games against the Hurricanes.Without Vatanen, whose absence Saturday marked the first game he missed this season, the Devils have to compensate in other ways.“When you lose a guy like Sami Adidas Ian Cole Jersey , particularly on ‘D,’ you have to have a collective response by your ‘D’ core,” Hynes said. “You’re not going to have one guy to pick up the minutes he plays.”The Hurricanes, who are halfway through a six-game homestand, had four days off before this weekend of back-to-back games. Goalie Scott Darling has worked in the last three games, but after a rather ragged outing Saturday night, it’s likely they’ll go in a different direction for the game against New Jersey.Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid played Saturday against Detroit. He was used in all four 2017-18 meetings with the Hurricanes when the Devils posted a 3-1-0 mark.This is the first of four meetings between the teams this season, though the Devils won’t return to Carolina until April. DETROIT (AP) — Jimmy Howard spent the third period fending off shot after shot, but the Detroit Red Wings never seemed in much danger of losing.They were already comfortably ahead by that point.“It’s nice to be able to go out there tonight and play with the lead Adidas Philipp Grubauer Jersey ,” Howard said. “We bent but we didn’t break.”Howard made a season-high 42 saves and Dylan Larkin scored his 12th goal of the season to lift Detroit to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Dennis Cholowski and Frans Nielsen also scored for the Red Wings, who improved to 13-6-2 in their last 21 games.Howard came within 6:38 of his first shutout of the season. Then Anze Kopitar scored the only goal for Los Angeles.The Kings outshot Detroit 19-4 in the third period and 43-21 for the game.“Jimmy Howard was my favorite player tonight,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We didn’t play well enough. They outplayed us, and Jimmy gave us a chance to win the game.”Cholowski opened the scoring for the Red Wings, beating goalie Jonathan Quick high to the short side in the first period. Nielsen made it 2-0 in the second when he collected his own rebound and scored after Quick had slid out of position.“We had a bunch of odd-man rushes when it was still 1-0 and we didn’t finish any of them,” Kopitar said. “If we even get one goal in that stretch, it changes the game. We can’t be satisfied because we got 43 shots. We’ve got to score some goals.”Larkin’s unassisted goal came late in the second. He intercepted an errant pass near the top of the slot and moved to his right to elude a sliding Los Angeles player. Then he was alone against Quick and scored to make it 3-0.“The puck was there. I think I’ve seen (Drew) Doughty slide like that a couple times so I was figuring he was going to do that,” Larkin said. “Just saw it unfold right in front of me. It was a pretty lucky play.”The Kings, who are tied with Chicago for the fewest points in the NHL Adidas Cale Makar Jersey , have been shut out only once this season. They spoiled Howard’s bid in the third when Kopitar tapped in a loose puck at the doorstep.“I thought we played hard tonight,” Los Angeles coach Willie Desjardins said. “I thought we had lots of scoring chances and we didn’t capitalize.”The Kings have the fewest goals in the NHL, but they’d scored eight times in their previous two games, and this was their season high in shots. Los Angeles had 40 shots in a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Oct. 28.“I thought we sat back a little too much in the third,” Larkin said. “Howie was great all game. I thought he was pretty deserving of a shutout and we got to just battle, we’ve got to play our game in the third.”NOTES: Each team had only one power play and failed to score. … The Kings have not won when trailing after two periods since Jan. 26, when they overcame a 1-0 deficit against Calgary. … It was the fifth goal this season for both Cholowski and Nielsen and the eighth for Kopitar. … Howard’s previous season high was 40 saves on Nov. 6 against Vancouver.UP NEXTKings: Visit Buffalo on Tuesday night.Red Wings: Visit Washington on Tuesday night.
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