Free NHL Picks Today For Round 2: Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils 5/3/23

Free NHL Picks Today For Round 2: Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils 5/3/23
Wed 3rd May 2023

The New Jersey Devils head to face the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Wednesday. The Devils committed four penalties in the game, though they held New York without a power play goal. Four players found the net for the Devils.

Ondrej Palat and John Marino both had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Akira Schmid earned the shutout with an impressive 31 saves. Sebastian Aho and Paul Stastny each scored once for the Hurricanes. Frederik Andersen saved 33 of 34 shots in the win (.970%).


The teams split their four regular season meetings this season, the last of which was a 3-0 victory for the Devils in March. Jack Hughes led New Jersey with three points (1G 2A). Vitek Vanecek saved 32 shots to earn the shutout win.


New Jersey is averaging 3.44 goals per game for the season, sixth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Hurricanes team that is allowing just 2.56 goals a game (2nd).

Meanwhile, Carolina has found the net 3.16 times a game on average, 17th in the league, and the Devils are allowing opponents to score 2.69 goals per game (6th).

Both teams average more shots a game than most teams in the league. Carolina’s 34.8 average ranks third, while New Jersey ranks No. 5 with 34.0 attempts.

When it comes to stopping shots, the Devils have been more successful with a team save percentage of .909% (11th), while the Hurricanes have stopped .908% of shots as a team (12th).

The Devils’ 20.97% power play percentage ranks 17th in the league, while the Hurricanes are 19th with a conversion rate of 19.86%. Carolina has been more adept at penalty killing, boasting the league’s second-highest PK% at 85.04%. New Jersey ranks sixth at 82.56%.


With 99 points this season, 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, Vanecek (33-11-4) is New Jersey’s top goaltender. He has a 2.45 GAA and a .911% save percentage.

Martin Necas and Aho lead the Hurricanes in scoring with 71 and 67 points, respectively. Necas has 28 goals and 43 assists, while Aho has 36 goals and 31 assists.

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%. 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 30-10-4 on the road this season. Carolina is 30-11-3 at PNC Arena this season.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Carolina Hurricanes (-120)

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