Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/26/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Jersey Devils (17-13-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (13-16-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -108 / New Jersey Devils -102 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSS
The New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes square off Saturday at the PNC Arena.
The New Jersey Devils could use a victory after losing five of their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power plays. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 14 goals, Mike Cammalleri has 20 assists and Adam Henrique has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 62 goals on 827 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 16 goals on 162 shots. Schneider has allowed eight goals in his last three games. Patrik Elias is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 14 goals, Justin Faulk has 15 assists and Victor Rask has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.8 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 60 goals on 598 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 35 goals on 282 shots. Ward has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 8-20 in their last 28 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The Devils are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings overall.
Both teams are struggling a bit but the Devils have owned the Hurricanes recently, especially when playing in Carolina. I'll side with the road team for the cheaper price.