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Hockey odds preview - Carolina vs. New Jersey

Carolina Hurricanes

New Jersey Devils
27-27-9 March 08, 2014, 07:00 PM | Prudential Center 27-24-13

The New Jersey Devils battle the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in NHL betting action at Prudential Center.

Supporters of the Hurricanes have seen them go 27-27-9 so far this season, while the Devils are at 27-24-13. In totals betting, the Devils are 21-29-14, while the Hurricanes are 25-31-7.

View Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils Odds and Stats.

If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Hurricanes listed earlier today as underdogs of 134 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

This game matches up the No. 8 (Devils) and the No. 22 (Hurricanes) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

The Hurricanes were a 4-2 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -127 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.

New Jersey lost its last outing, a 7-4 result against the Red Wings on March 7. Bettors who backed the Red Wings at -110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits New Jersey's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 2.44 goals per game, against a Hurricanes defense that ranks No. 18 at 2.84 goals allowed. The Devils power play is averaging 20.51% while the Hurricanes defense kills off 81.12% of their penalties.

A few Hurricanes at Devils trends to consider:
Carolina is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games
Carolina is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Carolina's last 10 games on the road
Carolina is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing New Jersey
New Jersey is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 6 games at home
New Jersey is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing Carolina
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New Jersey's last 5 games when playing Carolina

Next up:
Carolina home to New York, Tuesday, March 11th
New Jersey at Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 11th