The Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils meet Sunday in NHL action at the Prudential Center. The Carolina Hurricanes have won 10 straight games. The New Jersey Devils have lost 6 of their last 8 games.
The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with 19 goals, Brent Burns has 22 assists and Martin Necas has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Pyotr Kochetkov has allowed 28 goal on 389 shots faced, and Antti Raanta has allowed 35 goals on 349 shots.
The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jack Hughes leads New Jersey with 20 goals, Jesper Bratt has 22 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has allowed 50 goals on 560 shots faced, and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 24 goals on 203 shots.
The Hurricanes are 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 14-2 in their last 16 overall. The Devils are 0-6 in their last 6 home games and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The under is 7-3 in Hurricanes last 10 overall. The under is 15-5-2 in Devils last 22 overall. The Hurricanes are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in New Jersey and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The home team is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
I don't understand the respect the New Jersey Devils are getting with this line as they're still having issues finishing games and playing at home hasn't helped much. The Carolina Hurricanes have won 10 straight games and the defense is getting more and more impressive. The home team has dominated this series over the years, and it's a weird early start which usually favors the home team. Still, it's hard to go away from the hot hand. Give me the Canes and the cheap price.