Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers NHL Pick – Game 6

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of playoff hockey on Saturday. The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers will meet up in Game 6 of their second round series. These two teams have been strong throughout this series and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.

Carolina has earned a record of 7-5 throughout this postseason as the top seed in the Metropolitan division. The Hurricanes knocked off the Boston Bruins in seven games in the first round. Carolina has the lead in this series and has a chance to close it out on the road. The Hurricanes will look for a fast start on Saturday night.

The Rangers have put up a record of 6-6 so far in the playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan division. New York knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games after erasing a 3-1 series deficit. The Rangers will look to come back from down 3-2 now to reach the Conference Finals. New York will look to step up at home in this one.

These two teams have been strong throughout this postseason and will look for a big win in this one. The Hurricanes have a chance to move on, but have struggled on the road in the playoffs. New York will look to remain hot on home ice with a win in this one. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Carolina Hurricanes +1 ½ (-280) -110 Over 5 ½ (+125)
New York Rangers -1 ½ (+230) -110 Under 5 ½ (-145)
Team Data Carolina Hurricanes New York Rangers
Playoff Record 7-5 6-6
Playoff Away/ Home Record 0-5 5-1
Playoff GF/GP 2.75 3.08
Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home 1.60 4.00
Playoff SV% .918 .919
Playoff SV% Away/ Home .861 .949

Betting Trends

Carolina Hurricanes

  • 14-6 on Saturday’s
  • 20-11 against divisional opponents
  • 20-10 after a division game
  • 2-5 when leading in series
  • 25-13 after a win by two or more goals
  • 32-22 against team with a winning record

New York Rangers

  • 11-4 on Saturday’s
  • 22-16 against divisional opponents
  • 23-14 after a division game
  • 5-2 when trailing in a series
  • 13-6 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 29-23 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met in an exciting five games so far. Sebastian Aho had two goals and an assist in the first two games as Carolina won 2-1 and 2-0 at home. Mika Zibanejad had two goals and an assist in Game’s 3 and 4 as the Rangers bounced back with 3-1 and 4-1 wins. Antti Raanta stopped 16 of 17 shots in Game 5 as the Hurricanes put on a defensive show to win 3-1 and regain the series lead.

Special Teams

The Hurricanes have struggled on special teams throughout the postseason. Carolina has scored on 6 of their 47 power play chances, which is a 12.8 percent power play. The Hurricanes have killed off 33 of their opponents 42 power play attempts, which is a 78.6 percent kill rate. Carolina is 6th on the power play and 5th on the kill in the remaining field of 6.

New York has been strong on the power play throughout these playoffs. The Rangers have capitalized on 9 of their 32 power play opportunities, which is a 28.1 percent success rate. New York has given up 7 goals on 34 penalties against, which is a 79.4 percent penalty kill. The Rangers are 4th on the man advantage and 4th on the penalty kill.

The Rangers have been better on special teams throughout this series. Carolina will look for their power play to pick up and their penalty kill to get a bit better in this one. New York will look to continue to attack on the power play though. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Antti Raanta will likely get the start in the crease for Carolina in this one. Raanta has started in 11 games this postseason, going 6-4 in those matchups. He has posted a .931 save percentage and a GAA of 1.99 in those games. Raanta stopped 16 of 17 shots in Game 5, which was enough to lead his team to the win and the series lead.

Igor Shesterkin will get the nod between the pipes for the Rangers on Saturday night. Shesterkin has earned a record of 6-5 throughout his 12 playoff starts. He has put up a save percentage of .924 and a 2.80 GAA in his outings. Shesterkin finished with 31 saves on 34 shots in the last game, which was not enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this series and will look for a big win in this one. Both teams have averaged 1.8 goals per game throughout this series and will look to get the offense going early in this one. Carolina only scored two goals on the road in Game’s 3 and 4. If either goalie can come out strong, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout this series and will look for a quick start in Game 6. Carolina has not won on the road yet in these playoffs and the Rangers have won five straight on the road. I think the Hurricanes can step up on the road in this one. If Carolina can get the early lead, I think they can hold on for the win.

Bovada has both teams listed as a -110 against the money line in this one. This implies that both teams have even odds to win this game. Carolina has been the better team at five on five play and I think they are due for a road win. The Hurricanes won 25 games on the road in the regular season. At even odds, I like the value on Carolina to close out this series.

The Bet
Carolina Hurricanes
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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