New Jersey Devils vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions, NHL Picks 2/14/2020
Game: New Jersey Devils vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
TV: No TV
Odds/Point Spread: Devils (+171) Hurricanes (-190)
Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes (32-21-3, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) host the New Jersey Devils (20-25-10, 8th in the Metropolitan Division) at PNC Arena on Friday, February 14, 2020. The moneyline on this contest has the Devils priced at +171 and the Hurricanes are at -190. The over/under is set at 6. The Devils cover 32.7% of the time, having gone 17-35 SU. The Hurricanes cover 52.9% of the time, going 27-24 straight up.
The New Jersey Devils head into this game holding a record of 20 wins and 25 defeats, ranking them 8th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have earned a total of 149 goals which has them sitting at 13th in the East and 24th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -40, ranking them 28th in the NHL. The Devils have compiled a total of 50 pts, which has them sitting at 28th in the NHL and 14th in the East. In connection with shots on goal, they have compiled a total of 1,726 which has them sitting at 11th in the East and 20th in the NHL. As a group, New Jersey has racked up a total of 1,020 hits which means they are averaging 18.5 per game. They have compiled a total of 707 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for New Jersey is MacKenzie Blackwood from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 23 years old and has racked up 2,198 mins protecting the net this season. Blackwood is allowing 2.84 goals per contest which has him placed 19th among Eastern Conference goalies and 33rd in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he has allowed 104 goals. His save % is .910 which has him placed 17th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The New Jersey Devils were on the losing side of the ice with a 5 - 3 loss against the Florida Panthers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Devils were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in the defeat. In this game, they converted 3 of the 28 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 2 power play chances and were able to notch 1 goal out of those opportunities. New Jersey had a total of 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Devils sat at 47 and the Corsi against was 64 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 42.3%. Their Fenwick sat at 36 and the Fenwick against was 46, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 43.9%. They earned 20 face-off wins and were beaten on 30 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 40.7% and they had a PDO of 90.8 for this game. Regarding their opponent, the Florida Panthers earned a total of 33 shots. They had 4 penalty mins and they earned a total of 2 power play opportunities.
The Hurricanes are the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 32 wins and 21 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they sit 5th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL with +19. They currently have a total of 176 goals for the season which has them at 10th in the East. Carolina has a team save % of .904 which has them sitting 16th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.5% which is good for 11th in the conference. In goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.74 goals against average and that has him 15th in the East and 25th in the NHL. In the 2,058 minutes he's been on the ice this season, he's allowed 94 goals. He's earned a save % of .901, which has him sitting 24th in the East and 50th in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes squared up with the Dallas Stars in an outing where the Hurricanes took a loss by a mark of 4 - 1. In this game, Carolina wound up with a 46.5% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 46 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 53. Their Fenwick percentage was 41.1% by earning a Fenwick of 30 and the Stars having earned a 43 Fenwick. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Carolina had and the stats tell us that they didn't play well overall. They had a PDO of 98.5 and their oZS percentage was 54.5%. The Hurricanes notched 1 goal out of the 25 shots on goal they pursued. They had 1 power play attempt in this one but didn't put one in the back of the net. Regarding the opposition, the Stars had 4 power play chances and were able to tally 2 goals. Carolina gave way to 36 shots on goal and the Stars had 2 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New Jersey (+171)
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