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Saturday, April 5th (All times Eastern)

New Jersey Devils (33-28-16) at Carolina Hurricanes (34-32-11), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils are coming off a crucial victory in their chase for a playoff spot and the club hopes to win for a third time in four games when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

The Devils notched a 2-1 regulation victory Friday night against visiting Washington. With the win, New Jersey leapfrogged the Capitals in the Eastern Conference standings and moved within three points of Columbus for the second wild-card spot. The Blue Jackets, who lost to Chicago on Friday, have 85 points, followed by Toronto with 84.

Ryan Carter scored the game-winner with 4:54 remaining to help the Devils edge Washington in the important battle at Prudential Center.

Tuomo Ruutu recorded New Jersey's other goal and Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots for the Devils, who picked up at least one point for the sixth straight game (3-0-3) to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"It was a gutsy win for us," Schneider said. "That was a pretty signature win for us. Hopefully it's not too late."

Martin Brodeur could get the start in net on Saturday for the Devils. New Jersey also enters tonight's contest with a ton of injured players, including ones to forwards Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique, who expect to sit out Saturday. Defenseman and team captain Bryce Salvador also is among the wounded player with a lower-body injury, but he could play on Saturday.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, have an even slimmer chance of making the postseason than the Devils. Carolina is three points behind New Jersey and six points out of a playoff spot.

Carolina, which last made the playoffs in 2009, has recorded wins in two straight outings and is 3-0-2 over its past five trips to the ice. The club notched a 4-1 win over visiting Dallas on Thursday, with defenseman John-Michael Liles providing a goal and two assists during a second-period barrage.

Liles set up scores from Eric Staal and Justin Faulk that staked the Hurricanes to a 2-0 advantage before adding a power-play tally later in the middle session.

"Tonight was his best game," Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller said of Liles. "With the guys that were out of the lineup, we needed veteran guys to step up, and he was one guy I thought played really well tonight."

Anton Khudobin made the lead stand with a sharp 33-save effort in Carolina's second impressive win in three days. The Hurricanes returned home off Tuesday's 4-1 road decision over Metropolitan Division leader Pittsburgh.

"It's a matter of all getting on the same page, and I think tonight we were all pretty well on the same page," Liles said.

Carolina has five games left on its regular-season schedule and Saturday's tilt is the club's penultimate home tilt. The 'Canes are 18-15-6 as the host this season.

New Jersey has won two straight against the Hurricanes since dropping a 4-3 regulation decision on home ice in the season-series opener on Nov. 27. The Devils have won nine of 13 overall against Carolina and has claimed the last two meetings in Raleigh.

04/05 10:53:11 ET

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OKC 99
 
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CSOU 81
 
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CHAT 86
 
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BRY 77
CCST 69
 
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PBY 80
CCAR 69
 
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DREX 44
DEL 58
 
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HIGH 75
 
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TEMPL 66
HOU 54
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EKENT 63
JVST 57
 
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WRST 58
UWMIL 61
 
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MSU 90
MINN 96
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RFLSH 63
MNTER 60
 
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NEB 57
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NEOM 73
 
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NE 65
 
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RAD 69
 
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SHU 90
 
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UNCG 81
SAMF 67
 
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LIU 69
Terriers 74
 
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TENN 65
VANDY 73
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RMU 91
WAGN 59
 
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FUR 53
WCU 49
 
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IUPUI 71
WILL 66
 
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CAMP 65
WINT 50
 
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MERC 72
WOFF 76
 
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APP 58
GSOUT 77
 
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UNT 81
CHAR 65
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MURST 65
EILL 57
 
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MARS 87
FIU 69
Final
WKENT 71
FATL 68
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ILLCH 67
UWGB 72
 
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ORU 74
NDST 58
 
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NDAK 75
NARZ 85
 
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RICE 54
ODU 63
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MON 60
RIDE 63
 
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PEAY 64
SIUE 61
 
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LATU 77
UTEP 60
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SMISS 70
TXSA 66
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TENST 52
TENNM 69
 
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CHIST 74
GRCN 70
 
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UMKC 69
WLVRN 50
 
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LAMON 75
 
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ARKST 81
TXARL 80
 
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UGST 83
 
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TXST 67
TROY 61
 
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COL 54
ARZ 82
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PURD 92
RUTG 85
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MEM 57
SMU 66
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NCOL 77
SUTAH 67
 
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MORE 86
TENT 73
 
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EWASH 92
MNTST 68
 
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PORT 69
BYU 82
 
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CSNO 82
CSFU 72
 
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IDAHO 92
MONT 87
 
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SCU 57
PAC 64
 
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UCSB 74
UCD 60
 
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CPSL 56
UCI 63
 
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UTAH 83
ARST 41
2nd
STAN 68
ORST 46
 
Final
GONZ 59
SDU 39
 
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USF 53
GAELS 84
 
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LBSU 29
 
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ARI 3
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VAN 3
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CHI 3
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TOR 3
PHI 2
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STL 2
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MIN 4
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DET 2
 
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OTT 1
 
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