Hurricanes vs Devils Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NHL Playoffs Game 1 (Home Ice Proves Valuable for Carolina)

Hurricanes vs Devils Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for NHL Playoffs Game 1 (Home Ice Proves Valuable for Carolina)


The 2022-23 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Wednesday, May 3 with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes.

Hurricanes vs Devils Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Venue: PNC Arena -- Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Coverage: ESPN

The Hurricanes and Devils meet in the second round of the NHL Playoffs with a spot in the Eastern Conference finals on the line. These two squads split their four regular season meetings and have not met head-to-head in the postseason since 2009. Anticipation is growing ahead of a great matchup.

Hurricanes vs Devils Odds & Spread

  • All NHL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: CAR: (-126) | NJ: (+105)
  • Spread: CAR: -1.5 (+205) | NJ: +1.5 (-255)
  • Total: 5.5 -- Over: (+112) | Under: (-138)

The Hurricanes enter this contest as slight home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This playoff clash also features an over/under of 5.5 goals with the under being favored at -138 odds.

Favorite Underdog Total Spread
Hurricanes (-122) Devils (+102) 5.5 Hurricanes (-1.5)

Hurricanes vs Devils Betting Trends

  • Carolina is 5-2 straight up in its last seven games against New Jersey.
  • The total has hit the under in 11 of Carolina's last 16 games.
  • New Jersey is 16-10 straight up as an underdog this season.
  • The total has hit the under in four of New Jersey's last five games.

Hurricanes vs Devils Prediction & Pick

There's a reason this game is nearly listed as a pick' em on FanDuel Sportsbook. Both the Devils and Hurricanes finished the regular season among the top 10 when it came to goals allowed per game, shots on goal, and power play kill percentage. They've been getting it done on both ends of the ice.

These two squads also split their four regular-season meetings, with the Hurricanes emerging as the victor in the first two and the Devils emerging as the victor in the last two. With all that being said, this game is being played at PNC Arena, where the Hurricanes have posted a dazzling 30-11-3 record.

Carolina allowed only 2.33 goals per home game in the first round of the playoffs, which is also the average goals the Devils scored when on the road in the first round. Look for goalie Antti Raanta to keep the New Jersey offense in check and help Carolina earn a closely-fought Game 1 victory.

Final Score Prediction: Hurricanes: 3 | Devils: 2

Hurricanes vs Devils Best Bet

Jack Hughes has played a major role on the Devils' offensive attack as of late, logging 3 goals and 2 assists in seven playoff games. He now runs into a familiar foe as he scored a goal in three of his four matchups against Carolina this year. Not only that, but Hughes has found the back of the net a total of five times in eight career games versus the Hurricanes. This prop bet is worth a shot at plus odds.

Bet: Jack Hughes Any Time Goal Scorer (+140)

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