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(SportsNetwork. Stitched Stars Jerseys .com) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try to salvage the finale of a five-game homestand on Monday night as they take on the struggling New Jersey Devils. The Hurricanes have lost two straight and three of four on this residency, including a 3-1 setback to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Cam Ward came up with 19 saves in his clubs sixth loss in eight games overall. Jay McClement netted his first goal of the season in the loss as Carolina fell to 5-6-1 as the hosting team this season. It was starting to wear on me a little bit, so its nice to get it out of the way, but more importantly, we just didnt do the things we needed to do to get the win tonight. That would have been a little sweeter, said McClement. Making matters worse for the Hurricanes is that forward Eric Staal was hit on the foot by a slap shot from teammate Justin Faulk late in the third period. His status for this game is unknown. Staal is tied with Riley Nash and Faulk for the team lead with 15 points. Ward had missed Carolinas previous game with a lower-body injury, so backup Anton Khudobin figures to get the start tonight as the Canes play on consecutive days. He is 1-1-0 with a 3.96 goals against average and .861 save percentage in three meetings with the Devils. Slumping New Jersey has lost eight of 10 and fell to 4-10-2 in its past 16 with a 4-1 setback to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Patrik Elias had the goal and Cory Schneider allowed three tallies on 28 shots faced. Elias was returning from a groin injury and aggravated the ailment, while forward Mike Cammalleri suffered a pulled muscle in his butt. Neither made the trip to Carolina, nor did Travis Zajac (lower body/illness) or Adam Larsson . Its disappointing we werent the better team, Devils coach Peter DeBoer said after the loss to the Caps. They were better on the power play than we were. They were better on the penalty kill than we were. Their goalie was better than our goalie. It was across the board. Injuries really dont matter. Nobody cares. You have to find a way. While the Devils are leaving a host of players behind, forward Martin Havlat did make the trip. He has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury and is questionable for tonight. Havlat has two goals and six points in 14 games on the season. The Devils return home to host the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, so it is unknown if Schneider will start tonight or if backup Scott Clemmensen will get a start. Schneider, who has started all but one of New Jerseys 27 games this season, is 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .933 save percentage in four meetings with the Hurricanes. Clemmensen is 3-6-0 against them with a 3.07 GAA and .896 save percentage in 12 games (7 starts). The Devils have won three straight and 10 of their last 14 versus the Hurricanes, including three in a row as the road team. Dallas Stars Pro Shop . - The RBC Canadian Open will return to Glen Abbey Golf Club next year, marking the 27th time that the national open championship will be played at the Oakville, Ont. Dallas Stars Gear . A player confirmed to TSN on the condition of anonymity that he received his ballot yesterday. Another confirms hes been told to expect his shortly. "The unions executive committee insists a strike vote does not mean were pushing away from the table," the player said. "But we want the league to know were serious about our position.LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly had enough confidence to keep Chris Withrow on the mound with one out in the eighth inning after he walked the bases loaded. It paid off against two of the toughest outs in the majors. Withrow struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki to escape the jam and help preserve a 6-3 victory for Paul Maholm and the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. "Obviously, you dont like to see the bases loaded with those guys coming up," Maholm said. "But youve got confidence in Chris because with the stuff he has, he can strike out anybody and get out of anything he gets himself into." Withrow, a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2007, relieved Maholm with a 5-2 lead and walked the bases loaded. But Gonzalez, who has hit 15 homers against the Dodgers since the start of the 2010 season, fanned on a 1-2 pitch and Tulowitzki whiffed on a 2-2 delivery. "Thats a perfect situation for me and Tulo to change the game, but it didnt happen tonight," Gonzalez said. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game and Matt Kemp also went deep in support of Maholm (1-2). The left-hander threw 84 pitches over seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits in his fourth start with the defending NL West champions. "Everything was working," Maholm said. "I was able to throw breaking balls for strikes. I fell behind some guys, but I was confident enough in my sinker to throw it behind in the count and get some groundballs. I felt way more in rhythm today than I have in any other outing." Maholm, a veteran left-hander who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract as a free agent in February, had lost his previous seven decisions against the Rockies and was 1-8 with a 6.63 ERA in 10 career starts against them. "I cant tell you I was the most confident person going to the mound, knowing my history against them," Maholm said. "But I havent faced them in a few years, and I think Ive changed as a pitcher since then. Besides, I wasnt pitching in Colorado, so you just go out there, try to get ahead and get groundballs." Yasiel Puig added an insurance run in the ninth with a ground-rule double, and Kenley Jansen got three outs for his ninth save after Brian Wilson walked the first two batters in the ninth -- one of whom scored on a bases-loaded groundout by Charlie Culberson. Juan Nicasio (2-1) gave up five runs and eight hiits in 4 1-3 innings for Colorado. Wholesale Stars Jerseys. The Dodgers grabbed a 3-1 lead with three runs in the third, capped by Kemps towering drive to right field that barely cleared Brandon Barnes outstretched glove as he made a leaping try. Kemp initially thought he was robbed of a homer -- as did the crowd of 45,241 -- until Barnes opened his empty glove. A relieved Kemp then continued his jog around the bases with a huge grin after his second homer in 52 at-bats since the pair he hit against San Franciscos Matt Cain on April 6 at Dodger Stadium. "I thought he caught the ball. Then I saw him slam his glove on the ground and that showed me that he didnt, so I was happy about that," Kemp said. Puig added a two-out RBI single in the fourth -- the first time this season that hes driven in runs in back-to-back games after his home run and RBI single Friday night. Gonzalez led off the fifth with his 1,500th career hit, an opposite-field homer to left that gave the Dodgers a 5-2 lead. The Rockies opened the scoring in the third on Barnes two-out RBI single. Colorado got another run in the fifth on Justin Morneaus RBI single, following a double to centre by Wilin Rosario that Kemp lost in the twilight. But second baseman Gordon kept the damage to a minimum when he robbed DJ LeMahieu of a single up the middle with a diving play and started an inning-ending double play with a backhanded flip to shortstop Justin Turner. NOTES: Ramirez left the game because of a bruised right thumb. X-rays were negative. ... Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will throw another bullpen session Monday, following the 56-pitch minor league rehab start he had on Friday night with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Mattingly would prefer one more rehab start for the two-time Cy Young Award winner, who hasnt pitched since the season opener on March 22 in Australia because of a muscle strain in his upper back. "I know our medical staff does. Im not sure if Kersh buys into that," Mattingly said. "Theres been a small debate going on, but I dont want to be a part of the debate. Well just see how his pen goes, and go from there. He felt good today. He said he felt like he didnt even pitch." ... Colorado RHP Chris Martin made his big league debut with a scoreless seventh inning, a day after the team purchased his contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a sixth-inning single. ' ' '
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