NHL Odds Preview for Tuesday February 8, 2011: Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils
|Written by Gaby Varji|
|Tuesday, 08 February 2011 18:22|
Online Sports Betting Overview
Ever since the Super Bowl betting started and Jacques Lemaire took over as New Jersey Devils head coach, the NHL scores have been going the Devils’ way. The pay per head sportsbook experts are not going to give the Devils so much credit as to say they can make the playoffs, but Lemaire may have just bought himself a permanent invitation to be the head coach in New Jersey.
The Carolina Hurricanes have climbed into an eighth place tie with the Atlanta Thrashers in the Eastern Conference standings. It was not too long ago that the Hurricanes looked like they were not going to get the push they needed to make it into the playoffs, but with some great play by goalie Cam Ward and timely goal scoring, the Canes are battling for their playoff lives.
Goalie Cam Ward is 3-2 in his last five games, and he has raised his season record to 23-17-5. But the defense in Carolina is weak, and it could be the reason the Hurricanes fall back into the lower regions of the Eastern Conference. Ward has faced the most shots in the NHL so far this season at 1,479. It makes his .920 save percentage that much more amazing, but it also shows a glaring weakness in the Hurricanes’ game.
New Jersey Devils
Legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur is 4-1 in his last five starts. But the problem for the Devils this season has been goal scoring. The pace has picked up since Lemaire took over, but the Devils are last in the NHL with only 113 goals scored in 53 games. New Jersey’s goal differential is at -41, but it is improving.
The Bottom Line
BSN Sports Pick: Carolina Hurricanes
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 18:42|