New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes - 8/1/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes - 8/1/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (37-28-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -130 / New York Rangers +105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday in game one of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The New York Rangers entered the NHL break losing five of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 41 goals, Artemi Panarin has 63 assists and Jacob Trouba has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 84 goals on 883 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 96 goals on 1,063 shots.

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The Carolina Hurricanes entered the NHL break splitting their last 12 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sebastian Aho leads Carolina with 38 goals, Teuvo Teravainen has 48 assists and Dougie Hamilton has 170 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 104 goals on 1,091 shots and James Reimer has given up 61 goals on 712 shots.

The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Hurricanes are 17-5 in their last 22 playoff games as a favorite, 20-7 in their last 27 Saturday games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest. The over is 7-2 in Rangers last 9 overall. The over is 7-1 in Hurricanes last 8 games as a favorite. The Rangers are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina and 41-14 in the last 55 meetings.

The New York Rangers have won five straight meetings against the Hurricanes, so there's some value with the slight plus money. However, the Rangers have been hard to trust this season due to an extremely poor defense, and they're going up against a rather balanced Hurricanes side that's more talented than its record. The Carolina Hurricanes also entered the break being absolute money in the favorite role. The New York Rangers have made bettors the most money this season, but I have a hard time trusting them most nights.

Give me the Hurricanes and the reasonable price. 

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Randy’s Pick Carolina Hurricanes -130

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