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The playoffs are a few weeks away and the Carolina Hurricanes are a point behind Ottawa for the final playoff berth in the East.

The Hurricanes have gone 9-5-1 in their last 15 games and a big reason has been goaltender Trevor Kidd who earned his first shutout as a Hurricane on Wednesday when they beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-0.

"We were tired and beat up, and we would have needed nothing less than what we got to win this game," said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. "Trevor Kidd stood on his head for us tonight."

Carolina franchise, they used to be the Hartford Whalers until this season, hasn't made the playoffs in five years. This season they have been playing to disappointingly small crowds and they don't have a bona fide super star on their roster. Instead, it has been hard team work that has earned the Hurricanes a chance to fight for a playoff spot.

"I like the way this team is playing -- we've got great chemistry right now," Gary Roberts said. "Balance has been the key, every guy on this team knows his role."

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