Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers - 2020 NHL Playoff Series Picks and Predictions

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers - 2020 NHL Playoff Series Picks and Predictions Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes


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The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers meet in a qualifying round best-of-5 series in the NHL once play picks up again. Let’s take a look at the two sides heading into the series. Bet This NHL Series Here

The Carolina Hurricanes enter the playoffs as the #6 seed in the Eastern Conference after posting a record of 38-25-5 with a points percentage of .596. The playoff appearances makes it back-to-back playoff appearances for the ‘Canes since the 2001-02 season. Sebastian Aho led the Hurricanes with 66 points this season, including a team-high 38 goals while Teuvo Teravainen had 63 points with a team-high 48 assists and Andrei Svechnikov had 61 points with 24 goals and 37 assists. The Hurricanes had one of the most banged up goaltending groups in the league, using 5 different goaltenders this season, but Petr Mrazek had a record of 21-16-2 with a 2.69 GAA and a .905 save percentage while James Reimer added a 14-6-2 mark with a 2.66 GAA and .914 save percentage this season.

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The New York Rangers come in as the #11 seed in the playoffs with a record of 37-28-5 and a points percentage of .564 this season. The playoff appearance marks the first appearance for the Rangers since 2016-17. Artemi Panarin led the Rangers with 95 points, including a team-high 63 assists while Mika Zibanejad sat in 2nd with 75 points with a team-high 41 assists this season. Alexandar Georgiev and Henrik Lundqvist shared the bulk of the goaltending duty, but the last couple of months saw the emergence of Igor Shesterkin into a potential starting role for the Rangers, posting a 10-2 record with a 2.52 GAA and .932 save percentage while Georgiev went 17-14-2 with a .910 save percentage and 3.04 GAA and Lundqvist had a 10-12-3 record with a .905 save percentage and 3.16 GAA this season.

This series screams upset to me, as a lot of Carolina’s success came in front of their home fans and head coach Rod Brind’amour complaining that his team feels slighted by the playoff format kind of tells me that he feels this could be a bad matchup. I get that you don’t want to have to go through an extra round of playoff hockey, but so do 15 other teams in the league so get over it. New York was playing as well as well as anyone before the league stopped play, and the break has given New York time to get healthy. There are concerns that the break may halt whatever momentum Igor Shesterkin had going for him, but I just like the Rangers a lot more than I do Carolina. So while this series could go the distance, I see New York advancing when the dust settles. Bet This NHL Series Here

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Chris’s Pick New York Rangers +130

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