Hurricanes 4, Devils 2: Having lost three in a row, the Hurricanes were in need of a win on Wednesday night to help take advantage of the recent slumps by Florida and Buffalo. Thanks to a 40-save performance from Cam Ward, and a 3-for-5 night on the power play, Carolina picked up a 4-2 win over Kevin Weekes and the New Jersey Devils.
Anton Babchuk scored a pair of power play goals for the 'Canes, while Eric Staal and Sergei Samsonov also tallied goals in the win. Ward faced a barrage of shots from New Jersey, as the Devils outshot Carolina 33-14 over the final two periods.
Blue Jackets 4, Blackhawks 3: What a pickup Antoine Vermette has been for the Columbus Blue Jackets, as the speedy forward netted his fourth goal (and seventh point) since being acquired from the Ottawa Senators prior to the trade deadline. This goal was especially helpful, seeing as how it came at the 2:38 mark of overtime to help lift Columbus to a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. R.J. Umberger, Derek Dorsett, and Rick Nash also scored for the Blue Jackets, while Steve Mason turned aside 24-of-27 shots to pick up his 29th win of the season.
Nashville looks to go three-for-three on its west coast road trip.
Calgary gets back to its winning ways at home against Dallas.Daily Rebounds
-- The Florida Panthers desperately need a win, as they sit three points back of the No. 8 playoff spot, having lost four in a row. They play host to Toronto on Thursday.
-- Coming off a loss in Edmonton, the Blues look to stay in the Western Conference playoff race when they travel to Vancouver.
-- Having won six of their past seven, the Ottawa Senators look to play spoiler against the Montreal Canadiens.
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