Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils Game 4 Prediction, NHL Odds

Edgar Chaput | Updated May 08, 2023

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

After a bewildering Game 3 on Sunday, the Hurricanes’ lead over the Devils has been cut to 2-1 in the series. Game 4 in Newark is Tuesday night.

May 09, 2023, 7:00 PM ET
Prudential Center
New Jersey
Puckline +1.5 -212
Moneyline +127
Over / Under o +5.5


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Puckline -1.5 +177
Moneyline -154
Over / Under u +5.5


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It’s not as though Carolina didn’t know what might happen in Game 3. They knew New Jersey clawed its way back from 2-0 down in Round 1 versus the Rangers. They also remembered how they themselves coughed up a 2-0 Round 2 lead last year. Result? An 8-4 drubbing by the host Devils, who now have plenty of wind in their sails.

With respect to the fourth contest, the NHL odds favour the Devils at -154 on the moneyline and +173 on the puckline. The total is established at 5.5.

Hurricanes vs. Devils NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

Despite the disastrous effort in Game 3, the hockey experts haven’t given up on the Hurricanes for the series. As the board indicates, they’re now -179 (previously -345). New Jersey has seen its price change as well, going from +296 to +156.

All three tilts in this series have connected with the over. The total is once again 5.5 despite that it hasn’t helped the under a single time yet. If anything, each successful contest has seen more goals scored.

There is no point repeating ourselves for the third preview in a row about Carolina’s history. It is, however, important to point out that goalie Antti Raanta is listed as Day-to-Day as of Monday afternoon. The Devils might miss the services of defenceman Ryan Graves, also Day-to-Day.

Carolina Hurricanes

What a way to lose! Riddle us this: Carolina scored on the shorthand three times – a difficult feat if there ever was one – and lost by four goals.

For all intents and purposes, Game 3 felt like what happens when, after stuffing an opponent a couple of times like the Canes did the Devils at home, the unit thought this was going to be easy. Quite the contrary, as it turns out. The visitors were slower, less aggressive, and allowed far too many quality scoring opportunities on plays that could have easily been nullified. The first period alone, which concluded with the Devils leading 3-0, was a microlevel reversal of the first two games in the series. The home team simply dominated. The effort on defence on the third goal – shorthanded, ironically – was appalling.

There weren’t many positives, but Sebastian Aho earned his fifth of the postseason to make it 4-1 in the middle frame, and Jordan Martinook got his second on a sweet penalty shot move. Frederik Andersen was mercifully replaced after conceding four times on eight shots. Wonder kid Pyotr Kochetkov, who once upon a time was a highlight of an NHL Best Bets column, gave up another four. Ouch.

New Jersey Devils

Can they do it again? Can the Devils look like an all-around bad team for two games, only to storm back and claim a series? There may not be more 12-goal festivals, but New Jersey is at least a quarter of the way toward a comeback.

Pardon the pun, but New Jersey was a team possessed on Sunday. They raced out to a 3-0 first period lead, and it was Timo Meier who opened the floodgates with, finally, his first playoff goal on a clever misdirect from behind the Carolina net. Jack Hughes’ awesome snipe (fourth) from the right side made it 2-0, and Michael McLeod (second) took advantage of some lackadaisical defence and netminding on a penalty kill for the team’s third marker. Carolina bombarded them with goals in the first two bouts, so New Jersey made sure to keep applying pressure for a full 60 minutes. Although conceding three shorthanded goals looks bad, they scored eight! Nico Hischier can also breathe a sigh of relief with his first of the playoffs. For that matter, Hughes had a brace, the second goal making it 7-2 in the third period.

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