New York Rangers Vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5/26/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

The New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to even their second round series at two games apiece.  Andrew Copp led the way for the Rangers scoring a goal with two assists in the victory.  New York won their fifth straight home game in the playoffs, tying their team record.  Per, Carolina is the third team in NHL history to lose their first five road games in a postseason.

The Rangers are +475 to win the Eastern Conference title and +1300 to capture the 2021-22 Stanley Cup; New York last hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1993-94.  Their last time playing in the Stanley Cup Final was 2013-14, losing to the Los Angeles Kings.  The Hurricanes are +215 to win the Eastern Conference and +600 to hoist the 2021-22 Stanley Cup; they beat the Edmonton Oilers in the 2005-06 Stanley Cup Final to win their only title in franchise history. 

New York Rangers Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds

New York, playing in the second round for the first time since 2017, is +125 to win the second round series vs. Carolina.  The Rangers are 1-5 in their last six road games.  New York is 14-37 in their last 51 playoff games as an underdog.  Under is 21-8-9 in the Rangers last 38 Conference Semifinals games.  The home team is 4-0 in the last four meetings between New York and Carolina.  The Hurricanes are -145 to beat the Rangers in the second round and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Carolina is 7-2 in their last nine Conference Semifinals games.  The Hurricanes are 27-8 in their last 35 playoff games as a favorite.  Under is 4-0 in Carolina’s last four Conference Semifinals games.

New York Rangers Analysis

Mika Zibanejad finished the season as the Rangers second leading scorer with 81 points (29 goals and 52 assists) and led New York in plus/minus at +30.  New York’s number 93 had a goal in their series tying win on Tuesday.  Zibanejad leads the team in postseason scoring with 14 points (five goals and nine assists).  Chris Kreider scored 52 goals this year, third in the NHL.  New York’s number 20 led the NHL in power play goals with 26.  He’s scored six goals during the playoffs and has eight points overall in the postseason.  Kreider is tied with Mark Messier for the second most playoff goals in Rangers’ history with 29 per  Artemi Panarin, New York’s leading scorer in the regular season with 96 points; has eight points (three goals and five assists) during the postseason.  Frank Vatrano who was acquired by New York in March had a goal and an assist in the victory over Carolina on Tuesday.  In 11 playoff games in 2021-22, he has seven points (three goals and four assists).  Additionally, he’s averaging 15:38 of ice time per postseason contest. 

Adam Fox continues to be a dominant force for the Rangers on the blueline.  The 23-year-old is New York’s second leading scorer in the playoffs with 13 points (four goals and nine assists).  In the Rangers, 4-1 victory on Tuesday, he had a goal and an assist.  Fox is +2 in the postseason while averaging 27:14 of ice time per contest.  Ryan Lindgren an important member of New York’s defensive unit had two assists in Game Four vs. Carolina; it was his first NHL multipoint game in the playoffs.

Igor Shesterkin was 36-13-4 with a .935 save percentage (first in the league) and a 2.07 GAA (first in the NHL) in the 2021-22 regular season.  Shesterkin had an up and down first round series vs. Pittsburgh (being pulled in back-to-back games) but has played well in the second round vs. Carolina.  He made 30 saves in the victory on Tuesday to even the series at two.  Through 11 playoff games this year, the Rangers star goalie has a .925 save percentage and a 2.77 GAA.  Shesterkin is +1800 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy this season.

Carolina Hurricanes Analysis

Teuvo Teravainen, a Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014-15, had 65 points (22 goals and 42 assists) during the 2021-22 regular season.  He scored the Hurricanes lone goal in Game Four.  Carolina’s number 86 leads the team in playoff scoring this season with 10 points (three goals and seven assists).  Sebastian Aho led the team in scoring with 81 points (37 goals and 44 assists).  He was a +18, leading the club in power play goals with 13 and game winning goals with nine.  Per, Aho, who had an assist on Teravainen’s goal in Game Four, became the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers all-time playoff scoring leader with 44 points, passing Eric Staal. His 26 playoff assists are also first, one ahead of Ron Francis.  Through 11 postseason games this year, he has nine points (four goals and five assists).  The 24-year-old is +3000 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy.  Center Vincent Trocheck had 51 points during the regular season and was +21.  He’s a +5 in the playoffs while averaging 18:32 of ice time per game.  Trocheck has seven points in 11 postseason contests in 2021-22.

Defensemen Jacob Slavin and Anthony DeAngelo are tied for third on the team in playoff points with eight.  Slavin has six assists during the Hurricanes playoff run this season.  Additionally, he’s a +9 in the postseason averaging 23:09 of ice time per game.  DeAngelo has seven assists in the postseason, which is tied for the club lead.  He’s a +3 in 11 playoff games this season while averaging 21:11 of ice time per contest.

Number one goalie, Frederik Andersen who won 35 games for Carolina in the regular season has yet to play in the playoffs due to injury; his return is unknown.  Antti Raanta made 24 saves in the Hurricanes Game Four loss to the Rangers.  He has a save percentage of .931 (255 saves on 274 shot attempts) with a 2.09 GAA in 10 games this postseason. 

New York Rangers Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Picks & Prediction

The Rangers have outscored the Hurricanes in their second round series, 8-6.  Under is 6-1-1 in New York’s last eight playoff games as an underdog.  The Rangers are 0-4 in their last four games as a road underdog.  Carolina is 0-5 on the road in the playoffs and have been outscored 21-8, including 7-1 the past two games. The Hurricanes are 6-0 at home in the 2021-22 postseason.  Under is 4-0 in Carolina’s last four after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.  The Hurricanes are 52-19 in their last 71 games as a favorite.

Carolina has shown to play at a different level at home throughout the playoffs.  New York has shown a resilience since going down to Pittsburgh, 3-1 in the first round, winning five of their last seven playoff contests.  This is now a best of three series, and I like the Hurricanes to win on Thursday, 4-2, taking a 3-2 series lead.  Carolina covers the 1.5 goal spread and the teams combine for over 5.5 goals.

New York Rangers Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Starting Goalies & Line Combination

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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