New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes - 8/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Rangers (37-29-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (39-25-5)
NHL Hockey: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -150 / New York Rangers +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes meet Monday in game two of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New York Rangers look for a bounce back showing after losing game one on Saturday. The New York Rangers are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with one goal, Chris Kreider has one assist and Kaapo Kakko has five shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 85.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up three goals on 37 shots faced.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead with a victory here. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 14.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaccob Slavin leads Carolina with one goal, Sebastian Aho has one assist and Sami Vatanen has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed two goals on 26 shots faced.
The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog, 2-9 in their last 11 Monday games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference, 18-5 in their last 23 playoff games as a favorite and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The over is 7-3 in Rangers last 10 overall. The over is 7-2 in Hurricanes last 9 games as a favorite. The Rangers are 41-15 in the last 56 meetings. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The New York Rangers didn't look great in the opening game and Lundqvist continues to be shaky at best in net. The Carolina Hurricanes got double-digit shots on goal in all three periods in game one and looked a little too comfortable. The Hurricanes have also been money in the favorite role dating back to the regular season. It's hard to get behind the Rangers in their current form. I'll lay the reasonable price, as the Canes take a commanding 2-0 series lead.