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Posted at 10:35 AM EST.
3:05 PM EST. Regulation only. Both teams will play their fourth game in six days here but Carolina was off yesterday while the Devils were laboring in a 4-2 loss to the Wild. This is back-to-back matinee games for the Devils and they are in no position to outplay, outwork or out-anything the Hurricanes.
If we could bet who would win the possession battle, shots on net, scoring chances or high danger scoring chances, we could guarantee you a four-game parlay here because the Hurricanes will, without question, dominate those four key categories. The ‘Canes are a possession monster while the Devils have had the puck the least among all 31 teams since the the end of December.
The Hurricanes have been sweeping their way across the tri-state area in the past week, as they’ve defeated the Penguins, the Sabres and the Rangers in the last five days. Along with a three-game winning streak, the ‘Canes are also bringing the best shot differential in the NHL to the Rock. Carolina is first in the league in shots on goal with an average of 35.5 per game, and also first in the league in shots allowed at just 28 per game. They’re one point behind the Penguins in the Wild Card race, so they’ll be coming into Jersey with momentum and legitimately sniffing a playoff spot for the first time in years. Call this one of the better bets on the board this week and if it loses, it’ll be because of horrible luck or the below average Keith Kinkaid standing on his fucking head.
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Carolina -½ +101 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 2.02)