The Carolina Hurricanes are in NYC and looking to parlay their solid play recently with a win against the Rangers at MSG. The Hurricanes have suddenly been playing great hockey with wins in seven of their last eight games. I don’t know where the rest of the season takes them. Likely a tease for their fans as they eventually sit outside of the playoffs.
Nevertheless, it’s a good sign to see how this team has rallied around one another. Like I’ve said in the past, it’d be interesting if Skinner and Lindholm were still in Raleigh. Especially considering the years those two are having in Buffalo and Calgary. I’d probably be talking about a trip to the playoffs if they were still with the Hurricanes. Certainly not a guarantee, as some guys just gel better with different teams.
They’re coming off an impressive outing against the Predators on Sunday. The Predators have gotten some key members of their team back recently, but the Hurricanes didn’t care. They looked like the better team that particular afternoon and handed the Predators a setback.
The team that lost is likely going to be playing in the postseason, though. The Canes take on a Rangers team that were on the receiving end of a 7-5 loss against the Blue Jackets. They opted to go with Alexander Georgiev on a back-to-back and he got hammered for 7 goals against.
He was bombarded with 40 shots and received little help from his defence. Lundqvist has been struggling, so the Rangers are trying to give Georgiev some more looks. I know Lundqvist has made it clear he wants to stay in NYC, but it might be time he looks elsewhere. Maybe if he had a defence that would help him out at least occasionally it might be a different story. But as it is, he’s wasting the remaining years of his career on a team that wants to rebuild. Get our free Hurricanes vs. Rangers pick below.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. N.Y. Rangers Pick
The Hurricanes have done an excellent job at generating scoring chances. They’ve been on the attack all season long and it shows in the numbers. Carolina are 1st in the league with an average of 36 shots per game. Meanwhile, the Rangers have been one of the worst offenders in the NHL with 33.5 shots allowed per game for 28th in the league. Expect the Hurricanes to be able to find their way around in the Rangers’ zone pretty easily. Overall, the Rangers have gotten whipped for 3.44 goals per game, which equates to 27th in the league.
They’ve generally been better at home, but that hasn’t matter much lately, as they have given up 15 goals in their previous three games at home. Also note that Lundqvist has surrendered a whopping 15 goals in his last three starts. He’s allowed at least 4 goals in eight of his last ten appearances. It hasn’t been all his fault either, with the defence failing to step up and help him out. The team has allowed 4.2 goals per game in their previous ten outings.
It’s been left up to the offence to try and make up for the defensive lapses. The Hurricanes have scored 3.3 goals per game in their last ten games and at least 4 goals in six of their last seven outings. The Rangers are likely going to need the offence to bail them out in this contest.
They’ve been scoring just under 3 goals per game at MSG. The 5 goals they scored in their last meeting with the Hurricanes wasn’t enough, as the Hurricanes rode 8 goals to a 8-5 win in October. There has been a total of 8.3 goals scored per game in their last three meetings. We likely see another high-scoring game, with a play on the OVER attractive.