Devils vs. Hurricanes - 3/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (28-26-10) at New Jersey Devils (30-26-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)
The Line: New Jersey Devils -125 / Carolina Hurricanes +113 --- Over/Under: 4.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, MSG+
The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils meet Tuesday at the Prudential Center.
The Carolina Hurricanes need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.8 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 22 goals, Jordan Staal has 23 assists and Victor Rask has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 98 goals on 1,056 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 64 goals on 649 shots. Ward has allowed 11 goals in his last three games.
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The New Jersey Devils also need a win after losing five of their last six games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.2 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power plays. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 23 goals, Adam Henrique has 19 assists and Lee Stempniak has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their power play chances. Cory Schneider has allowed 112 goals on 1,489 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has given up 27 goals on 306 shots. Schneider has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Devils are 6-2 in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Hurricanes are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in New Jersey and 3-7 in the last 10 meetings overall.
With two struggling teams, I usually side with the team playing on its home ice. Add in the fact the Devils have beaten the Hurricanes in seven of the last 10 meetings, New Jersey is the pick here.