New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/12/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5) at New Jersey Devils (28-29-12)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Prudential Center)

The Line: New Jersey Devils +155 / Carolina Hurricanes -175 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: FSCR, MSG

The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils meet Thursday in NHL action at the Prudential Center.

The Carolina Hurricanes need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 36 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 46 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 102 goals on 1,066 shots and James Reimer has given up 61 goals on 712 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in 14 of their last 19 games.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after splitting their last eight games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 25 goals, Nikita Gusev has 31 assists and P.K. Subban has 150 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 40 goals on 355 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 120 goals on 1,420 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.

The Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 road games. The Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 home games, 29-61 in their last 90 games as a home underdog and 20-44 in their last 64 Thursday games. The over is 7-1 in Hurricanes last 8 games as a favorite. The under is 8-3 in Devils last 11 overall. The Hurricanes are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey. The home team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

We have two inconsistent teams and the Carolina Hurricanes have looked a little off since the trade deadline. The New Jersey Devils have played their best hockey lately at home and they have to be thrilled to be back after spending six of their last eight games on the road. The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the Hurricanes and Devils. I'll take the home team and the favorable price in a battle between two sides that can't seem to string wins together when it counts.

Randy’s Pick New Jersey Devils +155

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.