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Rangers vs. Hurricanes - 12/21/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes (9-19-4) at New York Rangers (16-10-4)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -215 / Carolina Hurricanes +193 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSS, MSG

The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers play Sunday at Madison Square Garden after playing Saturday.

The Carolina Hurricanes have lost seven of their last eight games and begin a three-game road trip. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.1 goals per game on the season and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have two power play goals in their last nine games and have won four of their last five when scoring at least three goals. Jiri Tlusty leads Carolina with 10 goals, Justin Faulk has 15 assists and Jeff Skinner has 105 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Anton Khudobin has allowed 28 goals on 260 shots faced and Cam Ward has given up 58 goals on 663 shots.

Rangers vs. Hurricanes - 12/21/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Rangers have won five straight games and are quickly climbing in their division. The Rangers are averaging three goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have two power play goals in their last six games and have won seven of their last nine 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 six games. Cam Talbot has allowed 15 goals on 191 shots faced and Henrik Lundqvist has given up 61 goals on 690 shots.

The Hurricanes are 18-43 in their last 61 games playing on 0 days rest and 3-14 in their last 17 road games. The Rangers are 41-20 in their last 61 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Hurricanes are 5-16-1 in the last 22 meetings in New York and 7-19 in the last 26 meetings overall.

I've been backing the Rangers during this stretch and there's no point to stop now. New York is playing solid hockey as of late and the Hurricanes are back in one of those funks. Give me the Rangers to win by at least two goals to give us more value for our buck. 

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New York Rangers -1.5

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