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Devils Panthers Playoff Odds

Through an interesting turn of events a coach goes up against the team that fired him last year when Pete DeBoer and his New Jersey Devils hook up with the Florida Panthers for an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series starting Friday.

Ladbrokes is listing New Jersey as a -120 road favorite for Friday's series opener (7 pm Eastern, NHLN, TSN), with Florida “getting” +100 as the home-ice underdog.

On its NHL futures boards Bovada is listing the Devils as -190 faves to win this series, with the Panthers getting +165.

Bovada is also offering New Jersey at 10/1 to win the Eastern Conference and 22/1 to win the Stanley Cup, while Florida is getting 20/1 to win the East and 35/1 to take the Cup.

The Panthers are the higher seed in this series, but they tallied eight fewer points on the season than did the Devils. Florida also wound up with a -24 goals differential, easily the worst among all playoff teams, while New Jersey posted a +19 differential.

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The Panthers won the Southeast Division with the sixth-best record in the East, in the process snapping  the league's longest playoff drought, making the second season for the first time since 2000. They did struggle a bit late, though, losing eight of their last 10 games.

The Devils finished fourth in the Atlantic Division but still racked up 102 points. And they finished the season on a 12-5 run.

DeBoer coached Florida through three playoff-less seasons, then got canned at the end of last year.  This year he led New Jersey to a  21-point improvement over last season.

The Panthers, meanwhile, might be making their first playoff appearance in over a decade, but their roster is dotted with guys who have been there plenty.

These teams split four games this year, each winning once on the other's home ice.

Florida went 21-9-11 at home this year, while New Jersey went 24-15-2 on the road. The Devils also went 24-13-4 at home while the Panthers went 17-17-7 on the road.

New Jersey Devils vs. Florida Panthers odds and props at Bovada:

New Jersey Devils (Series Prices)                   10/19

Florida Panthers (Series Prices)                      33/20

Series Correct Score

New Jersey Devils 4-0            8/1

New Jersey Devils 4-1            9/2

New Jersey Devils 4-2            4/1

New Jersey Devils 4-3            7/2

Florida Panthers 4-0                18/1

Florida Panthers 4-1                15/2

Florida Panthers 4-2                5/1

Florida Panthers 4-3                6/1

Total Games

4                      5/1

5                      9/4

6                      19/10

7                      2/1

Total Games

Over    5.5       5/9

Under  5.5       3/2      

Total Goals

Over/ Under    31.5    

Series Game Spread

New Jersey Devils       -1.5     20/23  

Florida Panthers          +1.5     20/23

Ilya Kovalchuk 1st Round Points vs. Florida Panthers                     

Over/ Under    6.5      

Patrik Elias 1st Round Points vs. Florida Panthers   

Over/ Under    5.5      

Zach Parise 1st Round Points vs. Florida Panthers   

Over/ Under    5         

Kris Versteeg 1st Round Points vs. New Jersey Devils        

Over/ Under    4.5      

Tomas Fleischmann 1st Round Points vs. Florida Panthers              

Over/ Under    4.5      

Stephen Weiss 1st Round Points vs. New Jersey Devils                   

Over/ Under    4