Carolina Hurricanes (40-25-5) at New York Rangers (37-30-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: New York Rangers +115 / Carolina Hurricanes -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Tuesday in game three of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New York Rangers need a win here to save their season and force a gam four on Thursday. The New York Rangers are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on 9.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with one goal, Chris Kreider has one assist and Kaapo Kakko has six shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up seven goals on 71 shots faced.
The Carolina Hurricanes have a chance to complete the sweep and advance to the next series with a victory here. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with three goals, Sebastian Aho has four assists and Joel Edmundson has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 90.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed three goals on 50 shots faced.
The Hurricanes are 18-5 in their last 23 playoff games as a favorite, 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-3 in their last 10 Tuesday games. The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 2-6 in their last 8 playoff games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 7-3 in Rangers last 10 overall. The Hurricanes are 15-41 in the last 56 meetings. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The New York Rangers just can't find any offense at the moment and their goalie in Lundqvist looks like a shell of his former self. The Carolina Hurricanes have been the clear better team in this series and are getting whatever they want offensively. The Hurricanes have also been money in the favorite role dating back to the regular season. I'd like to see a more competitive series and more games, but the Rangers have been lifeless for much of this series. I'll predict a Hurricanes sweep.