Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils Free Pick

A couple of teams currently on winning streaks, the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils face off at the Prudential Center in a Metro Division tilt. MSG Network will showcase the matchup, and the opening face-off takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 27.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils Odds

New Jersey comes into the game as the heavy favorite with a moneyline of -150. The line for Carolina sits at +130 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).

Earning 9.9 units for moneyline bettors, New Jersey is 39-36 straight up (SU) overall this year. That early-season winning percentage is a complete turnaround from how the team performed during last years regular season (28-54). Through 75 regular season outings, 37 of the teams games have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 19-17 SU at home.

The Devils have converted on 20.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Devils have been called for penalties 3.7 times per game overall this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five contests home outings. The teams had to kill penalties for just 6.2 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.

Averaging 28.0 saves per game with a .909 save percentage, Cory Schneider (18-21-6) has been the top goalkeeper for New Jersey this season. If head coach John Hynes chooses to give him a rest, however, New Jersey might go with Keith Kinkaid (21-14-14 record, .911 save percentage, 2.85 goals against average).

The Devils will continue relying on offensive production from Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. Hall (82 points) has tallied 33 goals and 49 assists and has recorded two or more points 24 times this year. Hischier has 18 goals and 31 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 34 games.

On the other bench, Carolina is 34-42 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 76 regular season contests, 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 35 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the visiting team, the Hurricanes are 16-21 SU.

The Hurricanes have converted on 19.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.9 percent of all penalties.

Carolina’s players have been penalized only 2.8 times per game in total this season, 2.6 per game over their last five contests total, and 2.6 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 5.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Ward (25.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Carolina. Ward has 22 wins, 19 losses, and four OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .905 save percentage and 2.77 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Hurricanes will be Sebastian Aho (27 goals, 36 assists) and Teuvo Teravainen (23 goals, 38 assists).

Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils Betting Picks

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Carolina is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while New Jersey is 5-4 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of New Jersey’s last five outings.
  • The Hurricanes have averaged the leagues fifth-most shots on goal (34.0) and New Jersey has attempted just the 20th-most (31.3).
  • Seven of Carolina’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-5 in those games.
  • The Devils this season have tallied the 11th-most hits per game (22.7), but the teams averaged 27.8 over their last five games as the home team.