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

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

The New Jersey Devils (-105) head to take on the Carolina Hurricanes (-115) at PNC Arena on Friday. The total is 5.5 (O: +115, U: -135)


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 2.54 goals a game (2nd).

Meanwhile, Carolina has found the net 3.18 times a game on average, 16th in the league, and the Devils are allowing opponents to score 2.71 goals per game (7th).

Both teams average more shots per game than most teams in the league. Carolina’s 34.7 average ranks third, while New Jersey ranks No. 5 with 33.8 attempts.

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

The Devils’ 20.80% power play percentage ranks 17th in the league, while the Hurricanes are 21st with a conversion rate of 19.64%. Carolina has been more impressive at penalty killing, boasting the league’s second-highest PK% at 85.14%. New Jersey ranks sixth at 82.76%.


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 30-11-4 away from home this season. Carolina is 31-11-3 at home this season.

SportsTips’ NHL Pick:

Carolina Hurricanes (-115)

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