Carolina Hurricanes (15-16-5) at New Jersey Devils (13-16-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 29, 2018, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -105 / Carolina Hurricanes -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils meet in NHL action from the Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to bounce back after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in their last outing. The game was a scoreless stalemate through the opening period before Washington tallied a pair of goals in the 2ndperiod to take a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. Sebastian Aho cut the deficit in half for Carolina, but that’s as close as the Hurricanes would get as the Caps iced the win with an empty netter, sending Carolina home empty-handed. Petr Mrazek took the loss, falling to 6-8-2 this season after allowing 2 goals on 32 shots in the losing effort.
The New Jersey Devils will look to pick up some steam after a 5-2 road win over the Boston Bruins in their last outing. Dan Severson scores just :25 into the game and Kyle Palmieri doubled the advantage, giving the Devils a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Boston scored the lone goal of the 2ndperiod to cut the deficit in half, but that’s as close as Boston got as Blake Coleman and Nico Hischier scored in the 3rdto give New Jersey a 3rdand 4thgoal that would hold up in the end. Boston pulled a goal back but Coleman would net his 2ndof the game on a yawning cage to secure the win for New Jersey. MacKenzie Blackwood got his first career NHL win, stopping 40 of 42 shots faced in the winning effort.
Carolina is 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 3-9 in their last 12 games overall while the under is 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record. New Jersey is 11-5 in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last 7 home games while the over is 13-4 in their last 17 games overall. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and Carolina is just 2-5 in their last 7 trips to New Jersey.
This game could honestly go either way, which is why the line is as tight as it is. However, as bad as the Devils had been at points this season, it appears as the Devils are trying to rally around their young goaltender in Blackwood. Carolina really hasn’t done anything to warrant being a favorite on the road in this one, and haven’t had much luck in New Jersey as it is, so I’ll side with the Devils to build on their win over Boston with another victory here.