Rangers vs. Hurricanes - 1/31/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (17-25-6) at New York Rangers (27-15-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -220 / Carolina Hurricanes +197 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, MSG
The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers play Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Carolina Hurricanes have won four of their last six games and begin a four-game road trip. The Hurricanes are averaging 2.1 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Carolina Hurricanes have scored two power play goals in their last seven games and have won four straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Eric Staal leads Carolina with 16 goals, Justin Faulk has 19 assists and Jeff Skinner has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the Hurricanes are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in 15 of their last 16 games. Cam Ward has allowed 75 goals on 871 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has given up 40 goals on 464 shots faced.
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The New York Rangers hope to get back on track after splitting their last eight games. The Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored four goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have scored two power play goals in their last eight games and have won 13 straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Rick Nash leads New York with 28 goals, Derick Brassard has 23 assists and Martin St. Louis has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Cam Talbot has allowed 21 goals on 284 shots faced and Henrik Lundqvist has given up 83 goals on 1,051 shots.
The Hurricanes are 19-44 in their last 63 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-19 in their last 26 road games. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 9-3 in their last 12 home games. The Hurricanes are 8-20-1 in the last 29 meetings in New York and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings overall.
The Hurricanes are coming off a heartbreaker where they completely blew an incredible effort from Ward. Add that to the fact the Rangers are rested and at home, look for New York to win this game by at least two goals.