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Panthers vs Devils Game 1 Playoff betting preview

New Jersey DevilsFlorida Panthers
April 13, 7:00 PM | BankAtlantic Center

New Jersey Devils vs Florida Panthers Odds

48-28-6TEAM RECORD38-26-18

The New Jersey Devils are road favorites at the sportsbooks for Friday night as they open their first-round NHL playoff series against the Florida Panthers.

The Panthers held on to win the Southeast Division title this season and claim the third seed in the Eastern Conference, but they still collected eight fewer points than New Jersey this year.

The Devils have won three of their last five games against the Panthers, and seven of their past 10 contests overall.

The Panthers sit at 38-26-18 on the season; in comparison, the Devils are currently 48-28-6. Looking to wager on the totals? Florida is 31-37-14 OU, and New Jersey is 37-34-11 OU.

View New Jersey vs Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Hockey odds makers opened the Panthers as -110 moneyline favorites in this matchup at Bovada. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 22 and the Devils at No. 8 heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Florida's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 2.5 goals per game, against a Devils defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.5 goals allowed. The Panthers power play is averaging 18.5% while the Devils defense kills off 89.6% of their penalties.

Last time out for New Jersey, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Senators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Devils at -140 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Florida won its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Hurricanes on April 7. Bettors who backed the Panthers at -160 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

New Jersey Devils Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo are 2-8
After playing Ottawa are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Florida Panthers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing NY Rangers are 5-5
After playing Carolina are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Devils at Panthers trends to consider:
New Jersey is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
New Jersey is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games when playing on the road against Florida
New Jersey is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Florida is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
Florida is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games when playing at home against New Jersey
Florida is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
New Jersey at Florida, Sunday, April 15

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