New York Rangers Vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5/30/22) Betting Odds, Prediction, Line Combination, Starting Goalies

At home on Saturday night, the New York Rangers beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2 to even up their second round series at three, forcing a series deciding game in Carolina on Monday.  Rangers’ goalie Igor Shesterkin made 37 saves and has two assists in the victory. Additionally, Filip Chytil scored two goals and Tyler Motte scored a goal for New York in the win.

New York is currently listed at +1300 to win the Stanley Cup this season.  The Rangers last championship was 1993-94 when they beat the Vancouver Canucks.  Their last appearance in the Stanley Cup Final was 2013-14 when they lost to the Los Angeles Kings.   The Hurricanes are +650 to hoist the Stanley Cup this year; they beat the Edmonton Oilers in the 2005-06 Stanley Cup Final to win their only championship in franchise history.  Since moving from Hartford as the Whalers in 1997, Carolina has made two appearances in the Stanley Cup Final.

New York Rangers Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Odds

The Rangers, playing in the second round for the first time since 2017, are +130 to win the second round series vs. the Hurricanes.  New York is 2-5 all-time on the road in the seventh and deciding game of a series.  Rangers are 2-5 in their last seven Conference Semifinals games.  Rangers are 14-38 in their last 52 playoff games as an underdog.  Rangers are 1-6 in their last seven road games.  Under is 7-1-1 in Rangers last nine playoff games as an underdog.  Over is 4-1 in Rangers last five after scoring five goals or more in their previous game.

Carolina is -150 to beat New York in the second round and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Since their move from Hartford in the late 90’s, Carolina is 3-0 in game sevens at home.  The Hurricanes are 7-0 at home in the 2021-22 postseason.  Carolina is 28-8 in their last 36 playoff games as a favorite.  The Hurricanes are 8-3 in their last 11 Conference Semifinals games.  Under is 4-0 in Carolina’s last four playoff games as a favorite. 

New York Rangers Analysis

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.  Per, in Game Six vs. Carolina he became the fifth goalie in NHL playoff history with two assists in a game and the first since Pekka Rinne, who did it for the Nashville Predators against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the 2017 Western Conference First Round.  Through 13 playoff games this year, the New York’s goaltender has a .926 save percentage and a 2.74 GAA.  Shesterkin is +1600 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy this season.

Adam Fox is simply one of the best defensemen in the NHL.  The 23-year-old is tied for the club lead in postseason scoring with 16 points; on Saturday he had two assists.  Fox is the first Rangers defenseman with 10 playoff assists or more in a season since Ryan McDonagh had 13 in 2014. 

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.  He scored a power play in New York’s huge Game Six victory this weekend.  Zibanejad is tied with Adam Fox for the team lead in postseason scoring with 16 points (seven goals and nine assists); he’s on a five-game point streak and four-game goal streak.  The Rangers number 93 is +3500 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.  Artemi Panarin was New York’s leading scorer in the regular season with 96 points.  He tallied his fourth goal of the 2021-22 postseason in the victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday, overall, he has 10 points during the playoffs.  Andrew Copp has been fantastic in his first postseason with New York; after coming over via a trade in March.  In 13 postseason games he has 10 points (five goals and five 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 nine points overall in the postseason. 

Carolina Hurricanes Analysis

Antti Raanta allowed three goals on 13 shots before he was pulled in the second period of Game Six and replaced by rookie Pyotr Kochetkov, who made 10 saves in relief.  He has a save percentage of .924 with a 2.20 GAA in 12 contests this postseason.  Raanta is +2500 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.

Anthony DeAngelo is tied for third on the team in postseason scoring with nine points and leads the club with eight assists.  He’s a +3 in 12 playoff games this season while averaging 21:28 of ice time per contest.  Jacob Slavin has six assists during the Hurricanes playoff run this year: eight points overall.  Additionally, he’s a +9 in the postseason averaging 23:27 of ice time per game.  In Game Six former Ranger, Brady Skjei had a goal and an assist in the Hurricanes loss.

Teuvo Teravainen, a Stanley Cup champion in 2014-15 with the Chicago Blackhawks, had 65 points (22 goals and 42 assists) during the 2021-22 regular season.  Carolina’s number 86 leads the team in playoff scoring this season with 11 points (four goals and seven assists).  Teravainen is +4500 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy this campaign.  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.  Aho, is the Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers all-time playoff scoring leader with 45 points, passing Eric Staal.  His 27 playoff assists are also first in franchise history.  Through 13 postseason games this year, he has 19 points (four goals and six assists).  The 24-year-old is +3500 to win the 2021-22 Conn Smythe Trophy.  Center Vincent Trocheck had 51 points during the regular season and was +21.  He’s a +7 in the playoffs while averaging 18:34 of ice time per game.  He scored a goal in the Hurricanes loss on Saturday.  Through 13. games, Trocheck has nine points in 13 postseason contests in 2021-22.

New York Rangers Vs. Carolina Hurricanes Picks & Prediction

The Rangers have scored 14 goals in the second round series against the Hurricanes: averaging 2.3 goals per game.  New York is 0-5 in their last five games as a road underdog.  Under is 5-1 in the Rangers last six Conference Semifinals games.  The favorite is 36-15 in the last 51 meetings between New York and Carolina.  The Hurricanes have outscored their opponents at home 25-8 this postseason. Carolina is 6-0 in their last six contests after allowing five goals or more in their previous game.  The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last four Monday games.  Under is 5-1 in Carolina’s last six Conference Semifinals contests.

I really want to pick the Rangers to win this game due to their advantage they have between the pipes with Igor Shesterkin, but the Hurricanes play at a different level at home and their fans with be completely lathered up in frenzy for this seventh game.  Carolina has a balanced scoring attack, and they’ll win this game in overtime, 4-3 as they do not cover the 1.5 goal spread, but go over 5.5 combined goals.

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

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