Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers - 2/21/20 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Pnc Arena)

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes

TV: FSCR, MSG2

The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.

The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with 30 goals, Pavel Buchnevich has 23 assists and Jacob Trouba has 145 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 79 goals on 852 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 76 goals on 861 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in eight straight games.

The Carolina Hurricanes look for a win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 34 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 44 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 97 goals on 1,016 shots and James Reimer has given up 61 goals on 711 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.

The Rangers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Carolina and 40-14 in the last 54 meetings. The home team is 18-8 in the last 26 meetings. The underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

I mentioned a few days ago that the New York Rangers are a team to watch going forward given the improved defense, and all they've done since is win games and are now the most profitable team in the sport. The Carolina Hurricanes are playing great as well and are always a tough out at home, but they've also lost four straight to the Rangers and eight of the last 10 meetings. I'm still on the Rangers bandwagon. Give me the plus money. 

Randy’s Pick New York Rangers +140

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.