New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes - 5/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Carolina Hurricanes (60-25-8) vs New York Rangers (58-27-8)
Game Info: Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -141 / New York Rangers +128 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes host the New York Rangers in Thursday NHL Second Round Playoff Action.
The New York Rangers come into Thursday's night matchup looking to pick up their 3rd win of the series, as they have now won 2 games in a row. During the regular season, the Rangers 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 get back on track in game 4, as they have dropped 2 straight contests to the Rangers. 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 top-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.
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.
Through 79 games, 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.
Heading into game 5, the over-under betting line sits at 5.5 goals. So far, not one of the matchups between New York and Carolina have surpassed this total. Look for this trend to continue, as the Rangers' defense has been up to the task of slowing down the Hurricane's offensive attack. I recommend taking the under.
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