Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 20 (12/20): NHL

Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 20 (12/20): NHL

 

Odds

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Devils money line +110
Devils spread +1.5 (-225)
Hurricanes money line -130
Hurricanes spread -1.5 (+185)
Over / under 6

 

2021-2022 season stats

  New Jersey Devils Carolina Hurricanes
Record 21-8-2 19-6-6
Road / home record 11-1-1 8-3-1
Streak L5 W5
Goals per game 3.45 2.90
Goals allowed per game 2.48 2.58
Shots per game 35.5 34.7
Shots allowed per game 26.5 26.2
PP % 20.6% 18.10%
PK % 18.22% 20.80%
Over / under record 13-6-2 10-20-1
 

Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes continue at home and will host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night at the PNC Arena. These teams faced each other 4 times last season and the Hurricanes led 3-1.

 

New Jersey Devils

The Devils have lost 5 straight games but are 11-1-1 on the road so far with a 21-8-2 record overall ranking 1st in the Metropolitan division. They are 5-4-1 record in Metropolitan Division play and have an 8-3-1 record when they commit fewer penalties than their opponent.

Jack Hughes has 16 goals and 20 assists for the Devils. Nico Hischier has scored four goals and added two assists over the last 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Devils are 4-4-2, averaging 3 goals, 4.6 assists, 3.6 penalties and 9.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have won 9 of the last 10 games and are 8-3-1 at home ranking 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Carolina is 19-6-6 overall and 6-1-0 against the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes have gone 16-1-2 in games they score three or more goals. 

Martin Necas has 13 goals and 17 assists for the Hurricanes. Jordan Staal has four goals and one assist over the past 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Hurricanes were 9-1 averaging 3.4 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.5 penalties and seven penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

New Jersey are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games.

New Jersey are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Carolina.

New Jersey are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games on the road.

New Jersey are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Carolina.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Carolina's last 5 games.

Carolina are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Carolina's last 6 games against New Jersey.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina's last 6 games at home.on.

 

Prediction

The Devils have been struggling lately and are currently on a 5 game losing streak but they're still #1 in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes are on a hot streak right now and are playing good at home. They rank #5 in defense in the NHL and have allowed only 1.6 goals per game in their last 5 games. With the Devils struggling to score at this moment It's hard to trust them against a tough defense like Carolina. Take the Hurricanes to win. 

PICK: Hurricanes ML (-130)

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