Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils - NHL Betting Playoffs

NHL betting playoffs odds on Wednesday have the New Jersey Devils favored at home against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of their best of 7 game series.

While the Devils are the higher seed in this series, gamblers who bet on NHL Playoffs odds might take a shot with Carolina since the Hurricanes won three of the four games against the Devils during the regular season.

NHL betting playoffs should be excellent in this series considering both teams have solid goaltenders and offenses that can score. New Jersey has Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur while Carolina has Cam Ward. The issue for New Jersey is that they did not play well down the stretch and Brodeur struggled. If the Devils are to get out of this NHL betting playoffs series they will need Brodeur to be at the top of his game. Zach Parise led the team in goals and points as NHL betting playoffs stats tell us.

Gamblers who bet on NHL playoffs action are taking a hard look at Carolina because of how the Hurricanes played down the stretch. Eric Cole and Eric Staal are big time scorers who can challenge New Jersey. Staal was the leading scorer on the team as NHL betting playoffs numbers show as he had 40 in the regular season. Cam Ward set the franchise record with 39 victories this season and finishing 14-4-2 over the last 20 games as NHL betting playoffs numbers show.

Neither team was very good this season on the power play so that could be a key in this NHL betting playoffs series. The Devils were 15th as NHL betting playoffs stats indicate while Carolina was 18th. Surprisingly, neither was that good at penalty killing either as NHL betting playoffs statistics show. Carolina was 19th while New Jersey was 20th.

The two goal scorers that will be keys in this NHL betting playoffs matchup are New Jersey's Zach Parise who ranked third in the league with 45 goals and Carolina's Eric Staal who tied for fifth in the league with 40 goals. Both teams can play defense as gamblers who bet on NHL playoffs well know. New Jersey's Travis Zajac tied for fourth in the league at plus-33 in plus minus numbers while Zach Parise tied for eighth in the league at plus-30 as NHL betting playoffs statistics tell us.

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