New York Rangers (33-36-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (35-32-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 31, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -210 / New York Rangers +160 --- Over/Under:
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in NHL action at the PNC Arena.
The New York Rangers could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 27 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 35 assists and Pavel Buchnevich has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 163 goals on 1,911 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has allowed 38 goals on 439 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 12 games.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to kind of stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 27 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 38 assists and Justin Williams has 184 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Darling has given up 123 goals on 1,081 shots faced and Cam Ward has allowed 108 goals on 1,133 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games and 17-35 in their last 52 road games. The Hurricanes are 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-12 in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-7 in their last 10 home games. The Rangers are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Carolina, 40-18-1 in the last 59 meetings and the home team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The New York Rangers are simply waiting for this season to end and continue to stink up the joint on the road with a defense that can't get out of their own way. The Carolina Hurricanes are finding ways to win games down the stretch, and while it's a longshot, they still have an outside shot of sneaking into the playoffs. Either way, the Hurricanes are the better team in much better form, and they're at home, which is key for two teams on the end of a back to back. I'll side with Carolina, even if the price is awful.