New Jersey Devils (23-18-3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (25-15-5)
New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes 1/25/24 – As the NHL regular season unfolds, an exciting matchup between New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes is set for Thursday. With both clubs boasting 23-18-3 records and 25-15-5 standings respectively, fans and bettors alike eagerly anticipate this matchup, providing no-cost NHL predictions that can keep fans updated on this intriguing ice battle.
The Devils have displayed an impressive combination of consistency and flashes of brilliance this season on offense, led by left winger Jesper Bratt’s 17 goals and 30 assists across 44 games (especially road games where spread bets have proven difficult for them). Tyler Toffoli’s goals total is equalling Jesper Bratt while adding 13 assists; Nico Hischier provides vital input from center Nico Hischier will also play key roles against Carolina defensive strategies.
Conversely, Carolina Hurricanes’ offense led by Sebastian Aho and Seth Jarvis/Michael Bunting’s contributions poses a considerable threat. Aho’s ability to create scoring opportunities alongside Seth Jarvis/Michael Bunting’s contributions make Carolina’s offensive line formidable – something Vitek Vanecek and his 3.22 goals against average must match up with in order to stop Carolina.
New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes 1/25/24 Game Info
|Thursday, January 25, 2024, at 7:30 PM ET
Goaltender Vitek Vanecek vs. Goaltender Antti Raanta
Vitek Vanecek comes into this matchup with decent numbers across 26 starts for the Devils this year. He boasts a 15-7-2 record with a 3.22 GAA and .885 save percentage. Vanecek moves well post-to-post to take away cross-ice passes using his 6’2″ frame and sound positioning. He also plays the puck well to help his defensemen. However, he does have issues with rebound control at times, which could hurt against Carolina’s tenacious forecheck. If Vanecek gets rattled early and loses confidence, the Hurricanes may overwhelm him with volume shooting.
On the other side, Antti Raanta has battled injuries this season which contributed to his pedestrian rate stats of 3.20 GAA and .866 save percentage across 21 starts. When healthy, Raanta plays a sound technical game with economy of movement. He also boasts extensive playoff experience from his time backing up Tuukka Rask in Boston. The Hurricanes typically insulate their goaltenders with committed team defense emphasized by Rod Brind’Amour. They limit high-danger scoring chances in the slot despite Raanta’s struggles this season. Young Russian Pyotr Kochetkov has sparkled in limited action as well, posting pristine 1.79 GAA and .931 save percentage numbers across 10 appearances.
NHL Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are eagerly awaited by the betting community. While the moneyline and total odds are yet to be determined, it’s expected that the game will be closely contested, with both teams having strengths and weaknesses that could sway the odds. Bettors should keep an eye on the puckline and moneyline as they are announced, which will offer more insights into the expected outcome of the game.
New Jersey Devils Betting Trends
The Devils come into this matchup 3-2 over their last five contests, consistently notching three goals or more during that stretch. Notably, they beat Carolina in their most recent clash this season. However, they have struggled against the spread of late, posting a 1-4 ATS record over their previous five outings. This indicates the betting value lies with backing the Devils as they tend to play tight games. On the road, New Jersey is 12-10 ATS on the year. The over has hit in four of the Devils’ last five matchups. For the season, 14 of 22 games at Carolina have gone over the projected total.
Carolina Hurricanes Betting Trends
The Hurricanes are 3-2 over their previous five games. Their offense continues humming along, eclipsing three goals in four of those contests. Against the spread tells a different story, with Carolina posting a 1-4 ATS record recently. On home ice the Canes are a money-burning 8-15 ATS on the season. The under has hit in four of Carolina’s last five matchups. For the year at PNC Arena, 12 of 22 contests have gone over the posted total.
New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes 1/25/24 Betting Picks
Considering the analysis and betting trends, this matchup is shaping up to be a tight contest. The Devils’ offense, led by Bratt and Toffoli, will be tested against the Hurricanes’ defense and Raanta’s goaltending. Similarly, the Hurricanes’ offensive line will challenge the Devils’ defense and Vanecek’s capabilities in the net.
In terms of betting picks, leaning towards a high-scoring game seems reasonable, given the trends and offensive capabilities of both teams. The key will be the goaltenders’ performances, which could tilt the game in either direction. For those looking for top handicapper insights, paying close attention to the announced odds and any changes in team lineups or injury reports close to the game day will be crucial.
Free Pick and Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes 4, New Jersey Devils 3