Carolina, Seattle, Aim To Move Closer To Advancing To Next Round With Wins Tonight


By NHL Public Relations

May 9, 2023

The Devils and Stars will have the opportunity to even their Second Round series at 2-2, while both the Hurricanes and Kraken can move within one win of advancing to the Conference Finals as the four clubs get set to contest Game 4.

* The Hurricanes will look to rebound from a Game 3 loss and move within one win of their first Conference Finals appearance since 2019 – Carolina has not suffered consecutive losses so far this postseason. Sebastian Aho has career totals of 4-15—19 in 22 games following a loss in the postseason, which rank second in franchise playoff history behind Eric Staal (9-12—21 in 18 GP).

* Luke Hughes factored on two of the Devils’ eight goals Sunday to help the club cut their series deficit in half. Should he record a multi-point outing on Tuesday, he would become the fifth defenseman in NHL history to record four points in their first two playoff contests – Hughes would join Dave Ellett (1985 w/ WIN), Joe Micheletti (1981 w/ STL), Paul Reinhart (1981 w/ CGY) and Ron Stackhouse (1975 w/ PIT). No blueliner has ever recorded five.

* The Kraken took a 2-1 series lead for the first time after a seven-goal performance in Game 3 – Seattle has scored a total of 32 goals so far this postseason, which is the third most among all teams in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs behind Florida (36) and Edmonton (35). The most goals by a franchise in a two-game span during their first postseason is 13, a mark set by their opponent – the North Stars scored 13 between Game 6 and Game 7 of the 1968 Quarterfinals against Los Angeles.

Joe Pavelski, who sits second among all players in goals during the Second Round with five behind only Leon Draisaitl (6), leads all players on the Stars roster in career points in games following a loss in the postseason. Pavelski is 40-31 all-time in those contests.

Source: NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition – May 9, 2023

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