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Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils odds, picks and prediction

USA TODAY Sports Media Group
USA TODAY Sports Media Group
 2022-01-22
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The Carolina Hurricanes (27-8-2) visit the New Jersey Devils (14-19-5) Saturday at the Prudential Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Hurricanes vs. Devils odds and lines, and make our expert NHL picks, predictions and bets.

The Hurricanes are one of the hottest teams in the league and have recorded eight wins across their last 10 games, including three straight victories. Carolina excels at both ends of the ice and rank fourth with 3.6 goals per game and first with 2.3 goals allowed per game.

The Devils season is trending in the opposite direction as they’ve recorded just five wins across their last 18 outings. New Jersey has played just three games in the last two weeks as it has had three matchups postponed due to issues surrounding COVID-19.

Hurricanes at Devils odds, spread and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 11:11 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Hurricanes -190 (bet $190 to win $100) | Devils +155 (bet $100 to win $155)
  • Against the spread (ATS): Hurricanes -1.5 (+130) | Devils +1.5 (-165)
  • Over/Under (O/U): 6.5 (O: -102 | U: -122)

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Hurricanes at Devils projected goalies

Frederik Andersen (21-6-0, 2.03 GAA, .928 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Mackenzie Blackwood (9-9-3, 3.29 GAA, .894 SV%, 2 SO)

Andersen has been solid between the pipes recently. The veteran backstop has taken just one loss over his last 11 starts dating back to early December, and has allowed just 1 goal in six of those appearances.

Blackwood has become a liability for the Devils — he’s 4-6 with an .870 SV% over his last 10 starts and has allowed 3 or more goals in nine of those games.

Hurricanes at Devils odds, lines, picks and predictions

Prediction

Hurricanes 5, Devils 2

The Hurricanes (-190) are likely the right side of this meeting. However, having to bet nearly two times your potential return — and in particular on a team playing the second end of back-to-back games — is a risky investment.

Look instead at the 3-WAY REGULATION TIME WINNER HURRICANES (-130) for a partial-unit play on the top team in the Metropolitan Division to finish it in 60 minutes against the division bottom dwellers.

The second game of back-to-back nights is concerning for me in this regard. Andersen has shouldered a lot of the load with backup G Antti Raanta sidelined and he could be feeling the weight of all that work.

Anderson hasn’t played on back-to-back nights all season but Carolina has seemed hesitant to start rookie Jack LaFontaine.

This is an AVOID from me there’s not enough value on the ‘Canes by 2 or more goals to make the wager worthwhile given the situational concerns.

The Hurricanes are nearly pushing this number on their own a lot recently — they’ve potted 5 or more goals in six of their last 10 outings, including two games in which they’ve hit the 7 goal mark.

Between Carolina’s offensive prowess and New Jersey’s sloppy defensive play and goaltending, I think you can take a partial-unit play on the OVER 6.5 (-102) or if you’re so inclined you can wait it out to see if the number dips back down to 6 for some insurance with a push.

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