Hurricanes vs Devils Game 1 Prediction NHL Playoffs 5/3

Hurricanes vs Devils Game 1 Prediction NHL Playoffs 5/3

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Hurricanes and Devils Meet in Second Round of NHL Playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs have reached the second round, and the matchup between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils promises to be a thrilling one. As the two highest-ranked teams in the Metropolitan Division, both sides have proved themselves to be dominant forces in the NHL. The first game of the series is scheduled for May 3, 2023, and will be broadcast on ESPN.

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Team Offense

Both the Hurricanes and the Devils have impressive offensive records. The Devils have scored an average of 3.52 goals per game, while the Hurricanes have scored an average of 3.20 goals per game. The Devils' offense is led by center Jack Hughes, who has an impressive record of 99 points, 43 goals, and 56 assists. The Hurricanes' offense is spearheaded by center Sebastian Aho, who has 36 goals and 29 assists.

 

Team Defense

The defense of both teams is equally impressive. The Devils have allowed an average of 2.71 goals per game, while the Hurricanes have allowed an average of 2.55 goals per game. The Devils' goaltender, V. Vanecek, has won 33 games and has a save percentage of .911. The Hurricanes' goaltender, F. Andersen, has won 21 games and has a save percentage of .903.

 

Injuries

Injuries can play a significant role in the outcome of any game, and the Devils and Hurricanes have their fair share of injured players. Timo Meier, a right-winger for the Devils, is listed as day-to-day. For the Hurricanes, center Jack Drury is also listed as day-to-day, while left-winger Teuvo Teravainen is out.

 

Prediction

The Hurricanes and Devils have a long-standing rivalry, and both teams will be looking to come out on top in this series. However, when it comes to the first game of the series, our NHL experts predict that the best bet is the under of 5.5 goals.

While both teams have strong offenses, their defenses are even stronger. In addition, the injuries to key players on both sides may affect their offensive capabilities. With two goaltenders who have proven themselves to be excellent at keeping the puck out of the net, it's unlikely that we'll see a high-scoring game.

 

Pick: Under 5.5

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