New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 3/12/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (30-27-11) at New York Rangers (30-32-7)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers +122 / Carolina Hurricanes -135 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSS, MSG
The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers meet Monday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.
The Carolina Hurricanes could use another victory after splitting their last six games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 24 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 34 assists and Justin Williams has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 105 goals on 956 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 92 goals on 985 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
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The New York Rangers need a victory here in order to snap their three-game losing streak. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 25 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 34 assists and Pavel Buchnevich has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 156 goals on 1,848 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has allowed 37 goals on 412 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Hurricanes are 17-37 in their last 54 Monday games, 2-8 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The Rangers are 21-7 in their last 28 Monday games, 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 8-20 in their last 28 overall. The Hurricanes are 5-23-1 in the last 29 meetings in New York, 18-39-1 in the last 58 meetings and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Neither of these teams are playing winning hockey right now, and while the Carolina Hurricanes have a little more to play for with them closer to a playoff spot, they've won three of their last 11 games and have had zero luck playing in New York over the years. The New York Rangers have been awful given their talent and seem to have given up on the season. But I'm not laying juice with the Hurricanes on the road given their form. The value is with New York at home and the plus money.