New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes - 4/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (53-20-8) vs New Jersey Devils (27-44-9)
Game Info: Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -370 / New Jersey Devils +280 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes host the New Jersey Devils in Thursday NHL Action.
The New Jersey Devils come into this road contest with an overall record of 27-44-9. Through 80 games, the Devils are 7th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 242 times, good for a rank of 18th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New Jersey is the 29th-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.64 goals per game. So far, the Devils have a strength of schedule rating of 6th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 25th-ranked team in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes get set to host the New Jersey Devils with an overall record of 53-20-8. This mark places them 1st in the Metropolitan division. Through 81 games, the Hurricanes have scored 272 goals, giving them an average of 3.35. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.43 goals per contest. So far, the Hurricanes have played the 26th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the New Jersey Devils leader in points is Jesper Bratt. In his team's 80 games, he has come up with 25 goals and 46 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 13.0%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +2.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Jack Hughes. Of his 26 goals, 23.0% have come during power play time. New Jersey's top goalie is Nico Daws, who is giving up an average of 3.11 goals per game.
Through 78 games, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho, with 80 points. He has reached his mark of 37 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.8%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 39 assists to go along with his 30 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.17 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 30 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In New Jersey's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 46-32-2. So far, taking the over when the Devils are playing away from home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 26-13-1. On the season, 61.0% of New Jersey's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Devils. Coming into this game, the Hurricanes have an over-under record of 39-42. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 15-25. On the season, 53.0% of Carolina's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 5% of the scoring coming from the Hurricanes. Look for this matchup to surpass the over-under line of 6.5 goals, as both teams come into this game with strong scoring averages. In particular, look for the Hurricanes to have a good scoring night against a struggling New Jersey goalie unit.
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