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Hurricanes vs. Devils 2023 NHL Playoffs Odds and Game 4 Preview – May 9th

By Jeff Stinger

Home ice proved to be valuable for the New Jersey Devils, who finally got a game on the board in their second-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Devils are now aiming to tie the series with one more game in Jersey this Tuesday, but the Hurricanes will surely try to counter and prevent from losing their advantage in the series.

Nitrobetting is here to turn your betting slapshots into winning goals with betting tips and news coverage throughout the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. This time, let’s break down the upcoming Game 4 conference semifinal showdown between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils.

Hurricanes vs. Devils Game 4 2023 NHL Playoffs Second-Round Information

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Why Bet on the Carolina Hurricanes?

After pulling off a couple of convincing wins in Games 1 and 2, the Carolina Hurricanes were now on the receiving end of a rout. Carolina dropped Game 3 on the road Sunday, 8-4, as the Devils stormed to an early four-goal lead that proved to be insurmountable in the end.

On the bright side, the Hurricanes scored four goals or more in each of the first three games of the series. Three of those four goals were shorthanded scores, which is a good sign that the Canes are still relentless on the attack even when undermanned. However, 15 minutes worth of penalties is one too many and they could’ve easily avoided those shorthanded situations to begin with.

,p>Another major concern is that goalie Frederik Andersen surrendered those four early goals to the Devils before Pyotr Kochetkov subbed in and didn’t fare any better. Carolina needs to figure out whether two-time All-Star Andersen can regain his form through his last three starts (just one goal allowed in each of those games), or if maybe Kochetkov can reinvigorate the team’s defensive woes in Game 3.

Why Bet on the New Jersey Devils?

It was a superb homecoming party for the New Jersey Devils, whose offense finally woke up in Game 3 with an eight-goal explosion. New Jersey was held to just a single goal in back-to-back games to start the series and will look to get more offensive production similar to Sunday’s effort moving forward.

Rising superstar Jack Hughes was terrific on the ice, with the 21-year-old scoring two goals and assisting on a couple of his team’s other scores. Hughes was so fired up that he almost got into an altercation with Carolina’s Sebastian Aho but, thankfully, did not factor into Game 3’s outcome. Timo Meier and Ondrej Palat were just a couple of Jersey’s other players who found the back of the net as the team looks ahead to a crucial Game 4 showdown.

Similar to the Canes, though, the Devils have an unstable platoon between the pipes. Vitek Vanecek got the win thanks mainly to massive scoring support from the Devils’ offense but still surrendered four or more goals this postseason for the third time in five starts. Perhaps bringing back Akira Schmid (2.30 GAA in the playoffs) is the better call as the Devils’ starting goalie in Game 4 despite Schmid’s recent slump in the first couple of games of the series.

Hurricanes vs. Devils Betting Trends

  • The Hurricanes are 3-5 in the last eight road games.
  • The Canes have won seven of its last 10 meetings against the Devils.
  • The totals went over in four of New Jersey’s last eight games on the road.
  • The Devils are 8-2 in the last 10 home games.
  • The Devils are 8-3 in its last 11 outings as favorites to win.
  • The totals went over in five of the last seven games played in the Prudential Center.

Hurricanes vs. Devils Game 4 Expert Betting Predictions

Expect another high-scoring effort for either or both of these two teams gunning for a rare trip to the conference finals. We’ll have to side with New Jersey to even up the series at two games apiece but Carolina puts up decent offensive production as well. The Devils play much better on their home ice and the Hurricanes will have to wait until Game 5 to try and tip the series back in their favor.

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