The New Jersey Devils (24-18-3) travel to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes (26-15-5) on Thursday, January 25th. This game will be played at PNC Arena in Raleigh and televised on ESPN+. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:30 ET.
Devils vs Hurricanes
The New Jersey Devils Are Coming Off A Win
As the underdog, the Devils come into tonight’s game in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 24-18-3. In the Metropolitan Division, they sit in 4th place, and they have gone 8-5 in divisional games this year.
On the road, New Jersey has gone 14-7-1 this season, and they have won two straight games when they have been the favorite. Over their last ten games, the Devils have gone 5-5, and they have won two of their last three games.
On the puck line this year, the Devils have gone 14-31 overall and 12-10 on the road. So far, New Jersey has had 12 wins by multiple goals and 12 wins by just one goal. In their last ten road games, the team has gone 7-3 vs. the puck line.
Overall, the team’s average scoring margin is -.1 goals per game, and they have gone 10-24 against the puck line when they are the favored team. In their last ten games, the Devils have gone 5-5 vs. the puck line.
The Devils recently hosted the Golden Knights and emerged victorious with a 6-5 win. In all three periods, the Devils’ offense found the net against the Golden Knights. All six goals came at even strength. They finished with 38 shots on goal and had 8 turnovers.
Despite the straight-up win, New Jersey did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The combined total of 11 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes Are Coming Off A Win
At home this season, the Hurricanes have gone 13-5-4, and they are 24-12-5 when favored. In the Eastern Conference, Carolina is in 4th place and 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, the Hurricanes have gone 7-3 and have won two straight games when listed as the underdog. So far, Carolina has accumulated 57 points with an overall record of 26-15-5.
Over the course of the season, the Hurricanes have gone 18-9 against conference opponents and 8-6 against division rivals. In their last five games, Carolina has gone 3-2, and they are 2-1 in their last three games. For the year, the Hurricanes have been favored in 41 of their 46 games.
When looking at their overall puck line record, the Hurricanes have gone 18-28 this year. In their 41 games as the favorite, Carolina has gone 15-26 against the puck line.
So far this season, the team’s average scoring margin is at +.3 goals per game. In their last 10 games at home, the Hurricanes have gone 4-6 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin in those games is at +.4 goals per game.
In their last game, the Hurricanes went up against the Bruins and emerged as winners with a score of 3-2. Throughout the game against the Bruins, Hurricanes’ offense managed to score in every single period. Of Carolina’s three goals, two were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 33 shots on goal and nine giveaways.
Entering the game as the underdog, Carolina came away with a victory against the puck line. Combining for 5 goals, the game finished below the over/under line of 6.
New Jersey Offense Breakdown
The Devils come into the game scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, putting them 9th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 18th in the league. New Jersey’s offense is currently ranked 8th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 29th in the league.
So far, the Devils have an over/under record of 27-17-1. Coming into the game, they have played 28 games that went beyond the 6.5 over/under line. Their games, on average, had 7 goals per game.
Hurricanes Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Hurricanes are averaging 3.4 goals per game which is 8th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 3rd in the league. In terms of the Hurricanes’ offense during power plays, they are 3rd in power play goals and 6th in shorthanded goals.
The Hurricanes’ over/under record this season is 23-22-1. For the season, they have had 24 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging6.5 goals per game.
New Jersey Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Devils’ defense is 24th in takeaways at 6.4 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.2 goals per game which is 27th in the NHL.
Carolina Team Defense
Defensively, the Hurricanes come into the season ranked 32nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.2 shots per game against Carolina. For the season, they are ranked 17th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Devils vs Hurricanes Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, New Jersey has an puck line mark of 7-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 6-4 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- In their last three games at home, the Hurricanes have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- The Hurricanes have played well in their last three games as the betting underdog, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
- The last ten games that New Jersey was favored, they have an puck line mark of 4-6 while going 7-3 straight up.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Hurricanes to defeat the Devils while playing at home. Given the current moneyline odds at -162, I’m placing a wager on the Hurricanes to win outright.
My recommended pick for the puck line is to take the Devils to cover. Even if the Hurricanes win straight-up, this one should be close throughout and the Devils should cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6.5 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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