New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game 5 Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated May 11, 2023

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils

The Carolina Hurricanes strive to end their second-round series versus the New Jersey Devils at home in Game 5 on Thursday night. The Canes lead 3-1.

New Jersey
May 11, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
PNC Arena
Puckline +1.5 -203
Moneyline +129
Over / Under o +5.5


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Puckline -1.5 +169
Moneyline -157
Over / Under u +5.5


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After a trio of blowout victories – even Carolina’s lone defeat in the series wasn’t close – the Canes are back home with an opportunity to put their divisional rivals out of their misery. A win in Game 5 would send Rod Brind’Amour’s club to the Eastern Conference Final. In Game 4, the Hurricanes battered the Devils 6-1, the second time they won a game by that score.

The hockey savants expect host Carolina to do away with their opposite number in Game 5. They’re pegged as -143 favourites on the NHL odds‘ moneyline (+188 on the puckline), with the total numbers crunched at 5.5.

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The Hurricanes are looking mighty good heading into Game 5 at home. In Game 4 in New Jersey, they avoided a pitfall that ultimately did them in last year in the second round of the playoffs. Now the challenge is to not commit the same error as in the first round this spring, which was to play at home up 3-1 but let the opportunity slip through their fingers, and thus have to travel for a Game 6.

Why the total keeps getting set at 5.5 is a mystery at this point. While it might have seemed smart at the start of the series, the under has never won. Interestingly as well, the spread, typically 1.5 in hockey, has always been covered, regardless of which team earned a win.

New Jersey Devils

Game 4 against the Hurricanes was a lot like Game 2 in the first round against the Rangers. The opening minutes saw Lindy Ruff’s team come out flying, putting considerable pressure on Hurricane defencemen and forcing turnovers. In fact, it was a sloppy pass that resulted in the Devils’ goal from Jack Hughes (sixth) less than two minutes in.

When the tide turns against New Jersey it’s a gargantuan momentum shift that buries all hope. They have not lost a close game in these playoffs, and once again they crumbled against an opposition that stood strong and took advantage of its opportunities. The first period ended 1-1, which didn’t look too bad even though one could sense the winds changing direction. The second period was an unmitigated disaster, the Carolina scoring five times to make it 6-1.

Vitek Vanecek has not had a single good playoff game (he gave up four in the 8-4 Game 3 win). It might sound strange to read about a team in the second round of the playoffs, but the Devils’ have some goaltending woes and it looks as though that, along with maturity issues, could sink them.

Carolina Hurricanes

At this stage in the series, there is little doubt that Carolina is the superior outfit. The Game 3 defeat, a bewildering 8-4 final, seems like the outlier, the one game for which they simply weren’t prepared.

Game 4, despite going down early and looking shaky, was another example of the Hurricanes proving their might. They skate faster, harder, and created more quality scoring opportunities. Martin Necas earned himself a brace (third and fourth), his first being the tying goal late in the first period and his second being the game-winning goal at 7:26 of the second. Both saw him put the finishing touches off terrific buildup and passing from teammates. Brett Pesce, who committed the turnover on New Jersey’s goal, scored to make it 3-1 off a solid wrister, and from there the Canes were off to the races. Jesper Fast (fourth), Brent Burns (first) and Jordan Martinook (third) also tallied. 5-1, 6-1, and 6-1 victories make it seem as though this series just isn’t much of a contest.

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