The Carolina Hurricanes will be looking to extend their winning ways while taking another step toward reaching the playoffs when they hit the road to take on a New Jersey Devils team that will be looking to play the role of spoiler when they square off on Thursday night. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NHL Odds for the Hurricanes vs Devils.
Hurricanes vs Devils 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Prudential Center
- TV: FSCR, MSG
- NHL Odds: New Jersey +155/Carolina -175 / Total: 6
Why Bet On Carolina at -175
The Hurricanes have won three straight including a convincing 5-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday as Justin Williams lit the lamp for the fourth straight game.
“This is the reason I came back,” Williams said. “I wanted to play meaningful hockey against the best players in the world. The first few games, I was playing on adrenaline, and then I had to work to catch up with the rest of the guys, but now I’m feeling good.”
The Hurricanes have gone 19-13-3 on the road this season and currently sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, tied with Toronto and Columbus with an identical 81 points.
- Goals For: 3.2
- Shots For: 33.2
- Power Plays: 21.3
- Face-Offs: 50.5
- Goals Against: 2.9
- Shots Against: 29.4
- Penalty Kills: 83.6
- Shutouts: 4
Carolina Hurricanes NHL Betting Trends
- Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Hurricanes are 15-5 in their last 20 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Hurricanes are 6-13 in their last 19 vs. Metropolitan.
Why Bet On New Jersey at +155
The Devils won three of four and six of their last nine before falling to Pittsburgh 5-2 on Tuesday night. Then it kind of went down a bit and we never got anything back in the second and third.”
Nikita Gusev and Miles Wood found the back of the net, but goalie Mackenzie Blackwood allowed four goals on 32 shots to get saddled with the loss.
“I didn’t see the same energy,” Devils interim coach Alain Nasreddine said. “… I thought we had a good first, good first 10.
18-year-old phenom Jack Hughes, the top overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft could become the team’s new starting center after playing exclusively on the wing.
“It’s up to (Nasreddine),” the 18-year-old Hughes said. “If he wants to play me at wing, I’ll play wing. If he wants to play me at center, I’ll play center. Wherever my name is on the board, that’s where I’ll play.”
The Devils have gone a modest 13-11-4-6 at home this season.
- Goals For: 2.7
- Shots For: 30.8
- Power Plays:17.7
- Face-Offs: 46.9
- Goals Against: 3.2
- Shots Against: 32.7
- Penalty Kills: 82.0
- Shutouts: 8
New Jersey Devils NHL Betting Trends
- Devils are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
- Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
- Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Devils are 14-29 in their last 43 vs. Metropolitan.
Hurricanes vs Devils Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know the New Jersey Devils have been playing carefree hockey and that they’ve been pretty rock-solid over the last three weeks, but the Hurricanes have a ton to play for as they look to avoid being left on the outside looking in come playoff time.
Carolina is the better statistical team at both ends of the ice and the Hurricanes have a lot riding on the line. New Jersey will be playing carefree hockey, but I’m going with the Canes to extend their three-game winning streak. The Hurricanes are 5-2 in their last 7 road games while New Jersey has gone 14-29 in their last 43 games against teams from the Metropolitan division. While the Home team in this rivalry has gone 7-1 in the last 8 meetings, Carolina looks like the easy pick to get it done in this one.
Pick: Carolina 4 New Jersey 2