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NY Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction 5-7-24 Picks

Carolina Hurricanes (56-24-8) vs. NY Rangers (60-23-4)
May 7, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: NY Rangers +104 / Carolina Hurricanes -116; Over/Under: +5.5
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The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders meet Tuesday in Game 2 Eastern Conference NHL Playoffs Second Round action at Madison Square Garden. Here’s a NY Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction.

Game One Recap: Rangers Draw First Blood

The New York Rangers got on the board first in the series by nabbing a 4-3 win in game one. Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring for the Rangers just 2:46 into the game before Jaccob Slavin tied the game at one just 1:02 later. Zibanejad got his second goal of the game on the power play just after the midway point of the first and Vincent Trocheck pushed the lead to 3-1 with another power play tally in the first. There was no goalscoring in the second period, but Martin Necas would pull the game back to a one-goal margin just 2:48 into the 3rd. Artemi Panarin would restore the Rangers’ two-goal cushion at the 8:21 mark of the 3rd and while Seth Jarvis made things interesting for the ‘Canes with just under two minutes to go, that was as close as the Hurricanes would get as the Rangers held on for the series-opening win. Igor Shesterkin got the win for the Rangers after stopping 22 of 25 shots faced in the win while Frederik Andersen allowed 4 goals on 23 shots faced in the loss.

Carolina Hurricanes Team Preview

Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 89 points including 36 goals and 53 assists while Seth Jarvis has 67 points split between 33 goals and 34 assists. Martin Necas has 53 points and Teuvo Teravainen has 53 points, with Necas logging 24 goals while Teravainen has 25 goals. In goal, Frederik Andersen has gone 13-2 with a 1.84 GAA and a .932 save percentage while Antti Raanta is 12-7-2 with a 2.99 GAA and an .872 save percentage and Pyotr Kochetkov is 23-13-4 with a 2.33 GAA and a .911 save percentage.

Why the Carolina Hurricanes will win

  • The Hurricanes have won each of their last six night games following a road loss.
  • The Hurricanes have covered the puck line in eight of their last 10 night games.
  • The Rangers have failed to cover the puck line in seven of their last nine night games at Madison Square Garden.
  • The Hurricanes have won the third period in each of their last seven road games against opponents on a winning streak.

New York Rangers Team Preview

Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 120 points including team-highs of 49 goals and 71 assists while Chris Kreider has 75 points with 39 goals of his own. Vincent Trocheck has 77 points as well with 52 assists while Mika Zibanejad has 72 points with 46 assists this season. Igor Shesterkin has gone 36-17-2 with a 2.58 GAA and a .913 save percentage while Jonathan Quick is 18-6-2 with a 2.62 GAA and a .911 save percentage between the pipes for the Rangers this season.

Why the New York Rangers will win

  • The underdogs have won each of the last nine games between the Hurricanes and Rangers.
  • The Hurricanes have lost five of their last six games as road favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Rangers have covered the puck line in each of their last 18 games as underdogs following a home win.
  • The Hurricanes have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last six road games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Rangers have won the second period in each of their last five games following a home win.

NY Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction

I’m on the Rangers here. I said it going into game one, but the Hurricanes are basically just the light version of the Rangers. Both have solid goaltending, both have solid scoring punch and both are solid defensively, but side-by-side, I just feel like the Rangers are the better version of the two. Not only that, the Rangers were rock solid at home this season, and I just don’t feel like stepping in front of them at MSG in the playoffs, especially at a decent price. Give me the Rangers here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: New York Rangers +104

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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