The New Jersey Devils take on the division-leading Carolina Hurricanes in Carolina on Thursday night. The Devils are currently on a four-game losing streak while the Hurricanes are on a roll and have won five in a row. Somebody’s streak must come to an end, so count on this one to be an exciting, sports betting matchup on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils are having a rough season as they sit in second to last place in the Metropolitan Division with 63 points.
The Carolina Hurricanes are having a fantastic season as they have clinched the top spot in the Metoopilain Division with 114 points.
The puck drop for this one is at 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN+.
The Hurricane’s key to success this season has been their defense. The Hurricanes currently sit in second place in the NHL for best goals against per game with a 2.36 goals-against average.
The Hurricanes are top five in the league for goal differential this season, the team sits at + 74. The team’s offense has also been red hot during their five-game winning streak as they have scored 21 goals.
The Hurricanes starting goaltender Frederik Andersen has also been a key contributor to the team’s success, Andersen has recorded a .922 save percentage and a 2.17 GAA this season.
Devils Look to End Losing Streak
The Devils have struggled this season from the net out, but their biggest weakness has been their defense. They have allowed sixteen goals during their four-game losing streak
The Devils currently rank third in the NHL for worst goals against per game with a 3.48 goals-against average. The team has a -52 goal differential this season.
The Devil’s goaltending has also had major issues as they have had seven different goaltenders play games this season. Mackenzie Blackwood is set to get the net as he has recorded a .892 save percentage and a 3.36 GAA this season.
Devils vs Hurricanes Head To Head
The Devils and Hurricanes have matched up three times previously this season and the Hurricanes currently lead the series 2-1. The Devils have matched up well against the Hurricanes, in both losses they lost by just one goal. The Hurricanes are the NHL betting favorites in this matchup.
This is a tough game to bet on based on how tight the Devils have played the Hurricanes this season, but count on the Hurricanes to win by at least two goals in this contest. The Hurricanes have been playing great hockey as they have won five in a row and have had no problem scoring.
The Devils have one of the worst defensive units in the league this season and we see the Hurricanes scoring at least four goals. The Hurricanes have one of the best defensive units in the NHL and we do not see them allowing more than two goals. The Hurricanes have played very well on home ice this season.
While sports betting, you should consider the Hurricanes to cover the puck line for the play of the night.
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