Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-1) at New York Rangers (1-3-0)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 16, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers / Carolina Hurricanes --- Over/Under:
The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers will play Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Carolina Hurricanes have gotten off to a rocky start as expected and have dug an early hole for themselves in the metropolitan division. The main issue for the Hurricanes so far has been their goaltending, as they’ve allowed 13 goals in three games, making for the 26th worst goal per game average in the league. Cam Ward has allowed eight goals on 52 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed four goals on 31 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have lost 18 of their last 19 games when allowing more than two goals. To make matters worse for the Hurricanes, Eric Staal is questionable for this game with an upper body injury. Jiri Tlusty leads the Hurricanes with three goals, while Riley Nash has one goal and two assists. This matchup begins a five-game road trip for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The New York Rangers are showing signs of a Stanley Cup hangover, as they’ve now lost three straight and are still looking for their first home victory. The Rangers struggles on the power play continue, as they have yet to find the net in 11 power play opportunities. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been far from his usual self, allowing 12 goals in his last two games, which makes for a horrible save percentage of .816. The Rangers have allowed a total of 17 goals in their last three games, making it nearly impossible for the offense to pick up the pieces. The good news for the New York Rangers is that Rick Nash is back in his groove by scoring six goals in the first four games. Martin St. Louis has four assists and Lee Stempniak leads the Rangers with 14 shots on goal.
The Hurricanes are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in New York.
There's no line on this game just yet, but I'm taking the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes have had little to no success in New York the past couple of years, and the Rangers are desprate to get back on track. New York should put an end to their losing streak here.