Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers - 5/28/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Rangers (58-28-8) vs Carolina Hurricanes (61-25-8)
Game Info: Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: New York Rangers +137 / Carolina Hurricanes -157 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The New York Rangers host the Carolina Hurricanes in Saturday NHL Second Round Playoff Action.
The Carolina Hurricanes come into Saturday's matchup with New York hoping to close out the series and advance to the next round. For the year, the Hurricanes found the net 278 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Carolina is the 1st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.44 goals per game. On the season, the Hurricanes had a strength of schedule rating of 30th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 4th-ranked team in the NHL.
The New York Rangers will look to keep their season alive after dropping game 5 by a score of 3-1. During the regular season, the Rangers have scored 254 goals, giving them an average of 3.05. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.49 goals per contest. For the year, the Rangers have played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.
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.
Coming into this game, the New York Rangers' leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York'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%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 52 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus minus rating of +21.0. 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.
Heading into Saturday's matchup between the Rangers and Hurricanes, the over-under betting line is set at 5.5 goals. So far, not one game of this series has surpassed this number. I see no reason for things to change, as both New York and Carolina have benefited from outstanding goalie play all season long. I recommend sticking with the trend and taking the under at 5.5 goals.
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