Free NHL Picks Today For Round 2: Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils 5/11/23

Free NHL Picks Today For Round 2: Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils 5/11/23
Thu 11th May 2023

The New Jersey Devils (+100) are on the road to face the Carolina Hurricanes (-120) at PNC Arena on Thursday. The total is 5.5 (O: -120, U: +100)


New Jersey is averaging 3.41 goals per game for the season, eighth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Hurricanes team that is allowing just 2.57 goals a game (2nd).

Meanwhile, Carolina has found the net 3.25 times a game on average, 15th in the league, and the Devils are allowing opponents to score 2.80 goals per game (11th).

Both teams average more shots a game than most teams in the league. Carolina’s 34.6 average ranks third, while New Jersey ranks No. 5 with 33.6 attempts.

When it comes to shot-stopping, the Hurricanes have been more successful, stopping .907% of shots as a team (11th), while the Devils have a team save percentage of .906% (14th).

The Devils’ 20.46% power play percentage ranks 17th in the league, while the Hurricanes are 21st with a conversion rate of 19.51%. Both teams are impressive at penalty killing, as Carolina has the league’s second-highest PK% at 85.26% and New Jersey is fifth at 82.84%.


With 99 points this season, Jack Hughes is the top skater for the Devils. He is among the league leaders with 43 goals (8th) and has added 56 assists. In the net, Vitek Vanecek (33-11-4) is New Jersey’s top goaltender.

He has a 2.45 GAA and a .911% save percentage. Martin Necas and Sebastian Aho lead the Hurricanes in scoring with 71 and 67 points, respectively. Necas has 28 goals and 43 assists in 82 games, while Aho has 36 goals and 31 assists in 75 games.

Antti Raanta (19-3-3) has the best goals against average for Carolina at 2.23, third-best in the league. He has a save percentage of .910%. Frederik Andersen (21-11-1) has played the most games in net for the Hurricanes this season. He has a 2.48 GAA and a .903% save percentage.


New Jersey is looking to reverse a three-game losing skid away from home this season. Carolina is 32-11-3 at home this season.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Carolina Hurricanes (-135)

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