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NY Rangers (62-25-4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (58-24-10)
May 16, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -170 / NY Rangers +140; Over/Under: +5.5
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The NY Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Thursday in Game 6 East Second Round NHL Playoffs action at the PNC Arena. Here’s a Carolina Hurricanes vs NY Rangers Prediction.

New York Rangers Betting Preview

The New York Rangers have a chance to make the conference finals for the second time in the last 3 years. The Rangers are 3-1 on the road in these NHL playoffs. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.33 goals per Game and are scoring on 30.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads New York with 5 goals, Mika Zibanejad has 10 assists, and Artemi Panarin has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.56 goals per Game and are killing 91.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 22 goals on 288 shots faced.

Carolina Hurricanes Betting Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes look to save their season and force a game 7 on Saturday. The Hurricanes are 4-1 at home in these NHL playoffs. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jake Guentzel leads Carolina with 4 goals, Brady Skjei has 8 assists and Andrei Svechnikov has 27 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Frederik Andersen has given up 24 goals on 244 shots faced, while Pyotr Kochetkov has allowed 3 goals on 25 shots.

Carolina Hurricanes vs NY Rangers Injury Report

The Rangers will continue to be without Blake Wheeler, who is out for the season with a lower body injury. Filip Chytil is questionable with an illness. The Hurricanes will be down Brett Pesce (lower body) and Jesper Fast (neck).

Why the Carolina Hurricanes will win

  • The Hurricanes have won seven of their last eight home games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Rangers have lost three of their last four playoff series closeout games.
  • The Hurricanes have covered the puck line in four of their last five games at PNC Arena against opponents on a losing streak.
  • The Rangers have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last four games following a loss.
  • The Hurricanes have won the second period in each of their last six games at PNC Arena following a road win.

Carolina Hurricanes Player Prop Facts

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has scored a goal in three of his last four appearances in night playoff games.
  • Brady Skjei has recorded at least one assist in seven of the Hurricanes’ last eight games as home favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Brady Skjei has recorded at least one point in each of the Hurricanes’ last 10 home games.
  • Sebastian Aho ranks 1st in the Metropolitan Division for Plus/Minus (+34) this season.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Alexis Lafreniere has scored at least one goal in four of the Rangers’ last five games as road underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Mika Zibanejad has recorded at least one assist in 14 of the Rangers’ last 15 games.
  • Mika Zibanejad has recorded at least one point in each of the Rangers’ last nine road games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Artemi Panarin ranks 1st in the Metropolitan Division for shootout goals (4) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank 1st in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (86.43%).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank 2nd in the league in power play percentage this season (26.91%).
  • The New York Rangers rank 3rd in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (84.48%).
  • The New York Rangers rank 4th in the league in power play percentage this season (26.42%).

Carolina Hurricanes vs NY Rangers Prediction

The NY Rangers and plus money is worth a look when you consider they’ve still been the better, more trustworthy team, and they’ve still won 6 of the last 9 games against the Hurricanes. However, the Hurricanes have found new life in this series with back to back convincing wins. The Canes are 31-10-5 on their home ice this season, and they’re 4-1 at home in these playoffs. Momentum is a thing until it isn’t, but the Canes have to like their chances to keep things going at home, where they’ve been great all season. Give me the Canes, as we see a game 7 this weekend.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Carolina Hurricanes -170

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