|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NHL Playoffs action will move to a dramatic game 6 hockey wagering showdown between the Devils and Hurricanes on Sunday. NHL Playoffs fans have been surprised by the tenacious and successful effort of Carolina so far in this hockey wagering series.
The New Jersey Devils entered the NHL Playoffs as one of the favorites to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup. New Jersey has plenty of post season hockey wagering experience along with a traditionally strong defense. This year the Devils entered the NHL Playoffs ranked 4th overall in team defense.
Game 1 of this NHL Playoffs series went precisely to form as New Jersey scored a 4-1 win that looked to be a portent of things to come. But Carolina came back with a gritty effort in game 2 and scored a 2-1 overtime win to even the series at 1-1 as the teams headed south. In game 3 of this NHL Playoffs matchup the Devils scored what could have been a back-breaking 3-2 overtime win that crushed the Carolina home crowd. But the resilient Hurricanes came back in game 4 to again even the series at 2-2 with a 4-3 win.
Carolina entered the NHL Playoffs as a well respected defensive team in their own right as they ranked 8th overall in the league. Both teams have middle of the pack offenses for the NHL Playoffs.
None of the Hurricanes have stood out on offense as it has been an impressive collective effort. One point of concern has been left winger Ray Whitney, who led the Canes in scoring for the regular season. So far in the NHL Playoffs Whitney have only 1 goal and 1 assist. Goaltender Cam Ward has been solid for the most part for Carolina with a 2.67 goals against average in the playoffs.
For New Jersey, center Zach Parise has been impressive as he has scored 3 goals and 2 assists. Right winger Brian Gionta has also been an asset with 2 goals and 2 assists. Martin Brodeur has a stellar 2.18 goals against average for the playoffs so far.
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