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Hurricanes vs. Rangers - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers (15-10-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (9-19-3)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +134 / New York Rangers -148 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MSG, FSS

The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes play Saturday night at the PNC Arena.

The New York Rangers have won four straight and wrap up a four-game road trip. The Rangers are averaging three goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have two power play goals in their last six games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Rick Nash leads New York with 20 goals, Derick Brassard has 16 assists and Martin St. Louis has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Cam Talbot has allowed 15 goals on 191 shots faced and Henrik Lundqvist has given up 57 goals on 650 shots. The Rangers have split their last eight road games.

Hurricanes vs. Rangers - 12/20/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Carolina Hurricanes have lost six of their last seven games and are dead last in their division. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have two power play goals in their last eight games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals overall. Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina with 10 goals, Justin Faulk has 13 assists and Jeff Skinner has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are 8-8 on power play kills in their last two games. Cam Ward has allowed 54 goals on 595 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 28 goals on 260 shots.

The Rangers are 90-43 in their last 133 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The Hurricanes are 7-19 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The Rangers are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Carolina and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings overall.

The Hurricanes are back in one of their funks while the Rangers are starting to hit their stride. When you add in the fact the Rangers have owned the Hurricanes for as long as I can remember, I don't mind paying the high juice in this spot.

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New York Rangers -148

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