New Jersey earned a 5-2 victory over Florida behind a 2-goal performance from Ilya Kovalchuk on Friday at Prudential Center.
New Jersey was favored by -135 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 5.
Ilya Kovalchuk (2), Patrik Elias, Zach Parise, and Adam Henrique each scored for the Devils in the victory. Henrique opened the scoring for New Jersey, finding the back of the net at 3:53 of the first period. The goal was assisted by Zach Parise.
Johan Hedberg stopped 22 of 24 Florida shots in the victory.
Mikael Samuelsson and Krys Barch scored for the Panthers, finding the net behind Johan Hedberg.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 24 of 27 shots for the Panthers, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.
On the power play, New Jersey went 0-for-3, while the Panthers were 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
Florida lost the shots on goal battle to New Jersey by a margin of 29-24.
New Jersey heads into a battle against the Penguins. Florida, meanwhile, will have their next action against Vancouver.