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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils - 3/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New Jersey Devils (33-22-8) at Carolina Hurricanes (27-25-11)
Date & Time Friday March 2, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -130 / New Jersey Devils +118 --- Over/Under: 6
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The New Jersey Devils look to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh on Friday night.

The Devils continue their road trip after a matchup in south Florida last night against the Panthers as they head into Raleigh to match up against the Hurricanes who are coming off an impressive road win last night against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils were one of the hottest teams in the NHL to start the season and while they have taken a bit of a hit in the standings of late they are still in the mix for a playoff spot in the Metro division and a road win here against the Canes would be a great place to start. New Jersey is expected to send Keith Kinkaid to the crease here as this is a back to back situation and he will have his work cut out for him against a Hurricanes side that is playing with confidence and is also in pursuit of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes meanwhile return home after a statement road win against the Philadelphia Flyers and with a win here they can leap frog the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Carolina is still a team on the rise and could be a year away from really contending but they aren’t listening to any of that noise as they are in pursuit of a playoff spot now and could very well make some noise if they are able to slide in as they have a well balanced offense and a nice blend of veteran stars and young prospects on their roster. The Canes have hit a rough patch though as they are just 1-6 in their last seven games overall and 1-7 in their last eight against Eastern Conference foes and will need a strong outing here to take down a Devils side looking for a rebound after a loss in Florida last night.

The Devils are 4-1 in their last five road games and 6-2 in their last eight overall while the Canes are 2-5 in their last seven home games and 1-5 in their last six against New Jersey. The Devils and Canes are both sending a backup goaltender in here which makes the over enticing as neither back up is having a very strong campaign.

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