The Friday night NHL action sees a New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC Arena. The Devils are desperate for a win that will get them on a run that can possibly see them sneak in a playoff spot. While the odds of that are rather slim, they have won three of their last four games in the league. Last time out, they beat the Detroit Red Wings at home 4-1 in an impressive display.
Carolina Hurricanes come into the match after a terrible loss to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. They were hammered 4-1, with the only goal of the game coming from Sebastian Aho. The defeat meant that the Hurricane’s two-game winning run came to an abrupt end. While they sit in the sixth position in the Metropolitan Division, the Devils are eighth looking to close the game to compete in the postseason playoff run.
New Jersey Devils vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions
With New Jersey’s record for the season looking in shambles, they will relish the chance to play the Hurricanes. In the last 13 meetings between the two teams, they’ve nine of those matchups losing the other four. The stats show that they have the upper hand in this tie and here’s why:
They have Blake Coleman in their roster, who leads the team with 21 goals. As a team, the Devils are averaging 2.7 goals per game and only managed to score on 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities.
The reason why they sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division is the number of goals that they concede. New Jersey allows 3.4 goals per game which is not championship-winning numbers. They haven’t been too bad though; stopping their opponent’s power plays 80.6 percent of the time.
Carolina has a way better defense, demonstrated in their record of allowing only 2.8 goals per game. They are killing their opponents’ power plays opportunities 82.3 percent of the time.
On the attack, they are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power plays. If there is anyone who can help the team avoid defeat, it is Sebastian. He leads the team with 31 goals this season.
Best NHL Lines for Tonight
With the Hurricanes playing at home, they will be wary of a New Jersey side that is growing in confidence with each game. They have been leaking goals of late, and the Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek is having a dreadful couple of weeks. The New Jersey Devils will win this game.
Date & Time: Friday February 14, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)
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