New Jersey Devils (29-20-8) at Carolina Hurricanes (27-23-9)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 18, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes / New Jersey Devils --- Over/Under:
The New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The New Jersey Devils look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The New Jersey Devils are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 23 goals, Will Butcher has 28 assists and Nico Hischier has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 96 goals on 1,108 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 64 goals on 599 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 21 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 32 assists and Justin Williams has 137 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 94 goals on 860 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 74 goals on 841 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Devils are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-9 in their last 10 Sunday games and 3-10 in their last 13 road games. The Hurricanes are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan. The Devils are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Carolina, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 9-2-4 in the last 15 meetings.
The New Jersey Devils aren't the best team in the world when it comes to playing on the road, but they have won three of their last five, including a nice win over the Lightning yesterday. The Devils have also gotten the better of the Hurricanes, winning four of the last five, which includes a 5-2 victory just a few days ago. The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling to find some consistency and are having a hard time keeping the puck out of the net. I'll take a shot with the Devils here.