New York Rangers (0-2-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (1-0-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 7, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -196 / New York Rangers +174 --- Over/Under: 6
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Sunday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The New York Rangers haven’t lost the first three games of a NHL season since 2011-12. The New York Rangers are averaging 1.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Pavel Buchnevich leads New York with one goal, Mats Zuccarello has one assist and Mika Zibanejad has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 60 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up four goals on 60 shots faced. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in 15 of their last 18 games.
The Carolina Hurricanes look for their first home victory of the season to rebound from a 1-0-1 start to the NHL season. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with one goal, Micheal Ferland has one assist and Jordan Staal has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Curtis McElhinney has given up one goal on 32 shots faced and Petr Mrazek has allowed two goals on 20 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games and 7-20 in their last 27 overall. The Hurricanes are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-9 in their last 13 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games. The Rangers are 11-4 in the last 15 meetings in Carolina, 36-15 in the last 51 meetings and the home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
It's quite clear the struggles the New York Rangers had last year haven't been fixed, as this club continues to struggle defensively and I'm not sure those issues are going to be fixed on the end of a back-to-back. The Hurricanes have played some decent hockey in their first two games, and the home team has dominated this series as of late, even if the Rangers have gotten the better of it overall. The Rangers simply haven't shown us much up to this point, and based on last year, it's hard to just say it's early. Give me the home team.