NHL Playoffs Game 2: Devils vs Hurricanes Prediction, Odds, and Picks (May 5)
- Carolina Hurricanes took a strong hold on the series after big win in game one
- New Jersey Devils looking to level series on Friday
The Carolina Hurricanes laid down their marker in this NHL playoff series in game one, as they stormed to a big win. However, the New Jersey Devils will be looking to strike back in the series on Friday before the action moves to their home arena.
How To Watch
- When: Friday, May 5, 2023, at 8:00 P.M. ET
- Where: PNC Arena, Carolina
- How To Watch: NHL TV
The Carolina Hurricanes appear to be the clear favorites in the betting for Eastern Conference success this term, and they took another step toward reaching the conference finals on Wednesday with a 5-1 home win over the New Jersey Devils. It was a strong first outing in this series. The hosts scored twice in each of the opening and final periods.
Jesper Fast, Seth Jarvis, and Brady Skjei all scored goals in the win. Meanwhile, Jordan Martinhook and Jordan Staal were both excellent, as they ended the evening with two assists apiece. A second straight home victory in this series would firmly see the advantage with the Canes in this clash.
Meanwhile, the Devils were forced to go back to the drawing board after their big defeat in game one, and there will be pressure on the team to respond on Friday. A 2-0 series disadvantage heading to New Jersey will mean that they will need to win both of their home games in games three and four to keep their hopes of progression alive.
The only goal in the defeat for the Devils was scored in the second period, with Nathan Bastian finding the net. It was a night to forget for Akira Schmid in the Devils goal, as he allowed three goals from eleven shots, before being replaced by Vitek Vancek.
The Canes were excellent in the opening game of this series. Their dominance was clear for all to see, and that looks difficult to bet against in game two on Friday. Therefore, we will be siding with the Hurricanes to take a 2-0 series advantage.