The New Jersey Devils visit the Carolina Hurricanes, while the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild clash in their fourth and final meeting of the year.
New Jersey Devils (+240) vs Carolina Hurricanes (-300)
NJD: 27-44-9, 2.99 GF/GP, 3.64 GA/GP, L10: 3-4-3
CAR: 53-20-8, 3.35 GF/GP, 2.43 GA/GP, L10: 7-3-0
The Hurricanes have the top spot in the Metropolitan Division locked up and could likely rest up some of their players ahead of the postseason. They face a tough first-round matching against the Boston Bruins, so taking it easy in their final game could be beneficial. On a five-game winning streak, the Hurricanes have also won seven of their last 10 games thanks, in large part, to their offensive capabilities.
Carolina will be well-rested, having a day off between games for the last three weeks. It will be the fifth time they play the Devils and, unsurprising to most, have won three of four. The Devils haven’t been playing great hockey either but can hope for another result like they saw on Jan. 22 when they beat Carolina 7-4. They’ve allowed 18 goals in their last five games, losing four of those games in the process.
In their last five games, top forwards Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho have contributed four points each. On the other wing is Seth Jarvis, who has become quite hot of late and has five points in his last five. Three of the four meetings between these two clubs have ended with five goals combined, so it may be worth considering that this happens again. The Hurricanes will likely take this one, and pairing it with putting odds on five goals total being scored (+5.75) could bring back a decent return.
Calgary Flames (-105) vs Minnesota Wild (-115)
CGY: 50-20-10, 3.60 GF/GP, 2.50 GA/GP, L10: 8-1-1
MIN: 51-22-7, 3.73 GF/GP, 3.08 GA/GP, L10: 8-1-1
Considering both these teams are close in terms of competitiveness and there is no real favourite, this may be a game to pass on. Both teams are primed to make a strong push in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and will likely take it easy tonight. Sitting at 50+ wins on the season allows them to rest key players, but one of the two teams must win tonight. It’ll likely be another high-scoring affair, so remain wary of jumping into this one.
The Flames are 8-1-1 in their last game and have appeared as one of the more dominant teams in the league. They’ve won 12 of their 13 games in April, and Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk have hit the 100-point plateau. They sit in first and second, respectively, in scoring on the team and have registered points in their last five games. Forward Dillon Dube has also stepped it up, with five points in his last five, appearing in fine playoff form.
The Wild are winners of five of their last six, but their record against the Flames this year is abysmal. They’ve lost all three meetings while being outscored by a margin of 17-5. Unable to match the Flames’ intensity and offensive output, this is a dangerous matchup for them. Despite recent point-production outbursts from Kirill Kaprizov, Kevin Fiala, and Mats Zuccarello, this one may be a game to avoid if you’re hoping for more offense from Minnesota.
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