Hurricanes Take Upper Hand With Besting of Rangers


Hurricanes Top Rangers

  • Trocheck, Svechnikov push Carolina to 3-1 win in Game 5
  • Sportsbooks spot Hurricanes as favorite in Game 6 at MSG
  • ‘Canes looking for more on power play to go with Antti Raanta’s gold tending.
Hurricanes take control with home domination in Game 5.

The path of the Carolina Hurricanes has been interesting in this postseason as all seven of their wins have come in the PNC Center while their five losses have been on the road. Thursday night was no exception as Teuvo Teravainen and Andrei Svechnikov scored in the second and third period, respectively, to lift Carolina to the brink of a date with the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Teravainen now has scored four goals to lead the Hurricanes during the NHL playoffs while he has accounted for 32 points (16 goals/16 assists) during his career. Vincent Trocheck put Carolina on the board first with a shorthanded goal at 12:57 in the first before New York’s Mike Zibanejad tied the game at 17:06 off of a face-off.

Carolina outshot New York, 34-17, on the night, and the Hurricanes won 31 of 56 face-offs.

The differential in shots on goal was Carolina’s biggest gain on the season.

The seven consecutive home wins comprise Carolina’s longest home winning streak in franchise playoff history while the five road losses are the longest road losing streak in Hurricanes’ playoff history.

Carolina is Road Favorites on Saturday

The Hurricanes covered the numbers on Thursday night as they were set at (-150) and a (-1.5) favorite.

Saturday night in New York, although the ‘Canes have struggled on the road in the playoffs, Carolina is a (-1.5) favorite, as well, and share the moneyline with the Rangers at (-110) each.

Carolina sat at only (-105) in Game 3 as Game 4 has been the only game in this series where the Hurricanes have not been favored.

Please Note:
Neither team has captured an over on the over/under status, but in Saturday’s matchup, the Hurricanes are sitting at over 5.5 (+118) while New York is under 5.5 (-144) as the line sits as of now. The Hurricanes have the third-best odds to win the Stanley Cup as they are sitting at a (+450) and they have (+600) odds to win the Western Conference.

The Rangers are sitting at (+2500) to win the Cup and then (+1800) to win the Eastern Conference. New York is at (-110) as the Game 6 favorite on the money line as the Hurricanes have had an offensive nightmare away from PNC Center in Raleigh.

At home, they have outscored their opponents, 25-6, but have been outscored, 21-8, on the road.

Odds on scoring are sitting at (+460) that neither team scores, including overtime, and (-108) that the ‘Canes will score under 2.5 goals. Two is the most goals that Carolina has scored away from Raleigh.

Hurricanes Looking For More on Power Play

Teravainen’s second-period goal was Carolina’s first since a Game 6 loss to the Boston Bruins in the first series.

Carolina had posted only nine power-play goals in 89 attempts since the later part of March. To pull further past the Lightning, should they defeat the Rangers, the Hurricanes must find some consistency on the power play and on both end of the ice.

Trocheck gave the Hurricanes the early 1-0 lead at 12:57 as he scored on a shorthanded marker from Jordan Staal.

Meanwhile:
Goalie Antti Raanta was injured in Game 2 of the series win over Boston and missed the entirety of Game 3. The Hurricanes are feasting on his presence in goal as he has stopped 96.5 percent of the opponents’ shots in the PNC Center, Carolina’s home ice.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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