A pair of teams that both played games last night, the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes collide at PNC Arena. MSG Network will air this Metropolitan Division matchup, and the action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 2.
New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Carolina heads into the matchup as the obvious favorite with a -190 moneyline. The line for New Jersey is standing at +165 and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals. If gamblers want to play this matchup’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -115 money on the over and -105 for the under.
The Hurricanes are 9-4 straight up (SU) and have earned 2.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked third in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 46-36 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Among the team’s 13 games this season, seven have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 6-1 SU at home so far this year.
Carolina’s converted on 23.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Carolina has been called for penalties 4.3 times per game this season, a number that’s swelled some from last year’s 3.5 penalties per game the team gave up. After serving an average of 7.7 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team has had to kill penalties for 8.8 minutes per matchup this season.
Boasting a .915 save percentage and 24.0 saves per game, Petr Mrazek (seven wins, two losses, and one OT loss) has been the top goalkeeper for the Hurricanes this year. Mrazek did just play last night, however, so head coach Rod Brind Amour might opt to give him a rest and instead roll with James Reimer (2-3-3 record, .918 save percentage, 2.67 goals against average).
Dougie Hamilton and Andrei Svechnikov will both spearhead the attack for the Hurricanes. Hamilton (16 points) is up to six goals and 10 assists and has recorded multiple points in three different games this year. Svechnikov has six goals and eight assists to his name and has recorded a point in six games.
New Jersey has lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 2-9 straight up (SU). Through 11 regular season contests, seven of its games have gone over the total, while three have gone under the total and none have pushed. As the visiting team this season, New Jersey is 0-3 SU.
New Jersey has converted on just 14.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully defended 75.6 percent of all penalties.
New Jersey’s players have been penalized 4.3 times per game this season. Last year, that number was at 3.8, which was the fifth-highest mark in the league. After serving an average of 9.1 penalty minutes per game a year ago (seventh-most in the league), the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 10.0 minutes per matchup this season.
MacKenzie Blackwood (.876 save percentage and 3.22 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for New Jersey. Blackwood is averaging 21.3 saves per game and owns a 2-5-3 record.
For the visiting Devils, the offense will be heavily coordinated by Taylor Hall (two goals, nine assists) and Kyle Palmieri (six goals, three assists).
New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions
NHL Tip: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under
- For both of these clubs, the total has gone over in three of their past five outings.
- New Jersey has managed 25.3 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Carolina is averaging 33.0 shots per game over its last five home outings.
- The Devils are 1-4 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 0-7 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
- New Jersey has allowed 4.3 goals per game as a team this year, but is giving up 5.3 goals per match up over its last three games (0-3 SU over that span).
- Carolina may hold the upper hand if it’s a tight one late. The team’s 4-2 in games decided by one goal, while New Jersey is 1-4 in such games.