New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes - 5/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes - 5/20/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (59-23-8) vs New York Rangers (56-26-8)

Game Info: Friday, May 20, 2022 at 8:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -189 / New York Rangers +152 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Carolina Hurricanes host the New York Rangers in Friday NHL Second Round Playoff Action.

The New York Rangers come into this road playoff game trailing the series 1-0, after falling to Carolina in game 1. During the regular season, New York found the net 254 times, good for a rank of 16th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.49 goals per game. For the year, the Rangers have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 9th-ranked team in the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their series vs New York. In game 1, the Hurricanes picked up a 2-1 win in overtime. During the regular season, the Hurricanes have scored 278 goals, giving them an average of 3.38. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.44 goals per contest. For the year, the Hurricanes have played the 30th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.

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Coming into this game, the New York Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In his team's 82 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 74 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus minus rating of +21.0. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 52 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game. In his 53 games played, he has turned in 38 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

During the season, the Carolina Hurricanes' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho, with 81 points. He has reached his mark of 37 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.7%. So far, 35.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 39 assists to go along with his 30 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +19.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.17 goals per game. In his 52 games played, he has turned in 30 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

The opening game between New York and Carolina ended up being a defensive showdown, as the Hurricanes needed overtime to score their 2nd goal. During the regular season, the Rangers had the 9th rated scoring defense led by a goalie group ranked 3rd in save percentage. On the other side, Carolina allowed the fewest goals in the NHL and had the 7th best save percentage. Look for game 2, to play out in a similar way as game 1, I recommend the under at 5.5 goals.

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