Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (12-10-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-12-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSS
The New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes face off Thursday night at the PNC Arena.
The New Jersey Devils look to break out of their funk that’s produced losses in five of their last seven games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power plays. Adam Henrique leads New Jersey with 11 goals, Lee Stempniak has 13 assists and Kyle Palmieri has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 41 goals on 565 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 12 goals on 101 shots. Schneider has allowed two goals in each of his last five outings.
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The Carolina Hurricanes could also use a victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.1 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power plays. Justin Faulk leads Carolina with eight goals, Kris Versteeg has 12 assists and Victor Rask has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 46 goals on 453 shot attempts and Eddie Lack has given up 19 goals on 151 shots. Ward has allowed seven goals in his last two games.
The Devils are 10-2 in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-13 in their last 19 Thursday games. The Devils are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Carolina and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Devils have been able to have their way with the Hurricanes recently, and they've been lights out when playing on a quick turnaround. The Hurricanes don't have much going for them right now, which is why New Jersey should win its fifth game in the last six meetings in Carolina.