New Jersey Devils (32-28-16) at Carolina Hurricanes (34-32-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 5, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -126 / New Jersey Devils +114 --- Over/Under: 5
The New Jersey Devils hope to sneak into the playoff conversation with a win Saturday over the Carolina Hurricanes. This is the fourth meeting between these teams this season, and the Devils lead the series 2-1.
The Devils have not helped their playoff chances as of late, losing seven of their last 11 games. Now there’s a chance the Devils could be without key contributors Patrick Elias and Adam Henrique for this matchup. The Devils are having serious offensive issues recently, as they’ve scored two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games. Defensively, goalie Cory Schneider has not allowed more than two goals in his last four games. The New Jersey Devils are 13-18-2-6 on the road.
The Hurricanes have won three of their last five games, including impressive back-to-back wins over the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars. The Hurricanes have been playing some great defense, allowing just one power play goal in their last eight games and holding opponents to two or less goals in four straight contests. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have scored three power play goals in their last three games. Eric Staal has seven assists in his last six games against New Jersey, and the Carolina Hurricanes are 18-15-3-3 at home.
The Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest. The Hurricanes are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a losing record and 5-1 in their last 6 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation. The Devils are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings, while the road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Regardless if the Devils are shorthanded or not, they need this win in the worst way. The Devils have also had great success over the years against the Hurricanes. Give me the desprate team and the plus money.