They say even the best teams in sports go through rough patches, the New York Rangers are finding that out right now. For most teams three losses in a row is just a normal kind of skid, but for the Rangers that feels like a major dry spot. Notably, losing to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 3-0 can look like an eyesore. Like chasing black or red on a roulette wheel, it isn’t always the best decision to chase a team to win. I did have the Rangers in that Flyers game, but tripling up if you lost on the previous two Rangers games is a losing proposition. A lot of people do the chase martingale system more so in baseball. Team loses the first three game of a series, take them in the fourth game, bankroll shattered. That can work once or even two or three times in a row, but all it takes is one loss to destroy your bankroll. I played a regular unit on that game, but I’m sure there were people that thought the Rangers were a “sure win”. Note that there are no sure wins. Even if I was 90% sure of a bet, there would still be a 10% there. You want to make a bet when you feel like you’re around 55% sure, so 90% doesn’t come around often. In other words, if you hit that 55% you have made a profit.
Okay, enough sports handicapping ramblings. There are other resources on the website to help you with that. For the purposes of this writeup, we examine the Hurricanes and Rangers today. It isn’t like those three losses came on a big road trip, this is actually their fourth game at home in their last five games. This is another inferior opponent for the Rangers. I don’t want to call it panic, but back-to-back losses to the Flyers and Hurricanes would garner some attention. Even if they lose today though, no one should fret, the Rangers will be fine. The question is if I think they will lose tonight. I made the argument last week that I despite NHL scheduling. Point proven the last two days. One game yesterday and only four tonight. It’s unfortunate in the NHL when you’re limited so much with limited cards. In any case, let’s go for a winner tonight.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. N.Y. Rangers NHL Pick
With the three straight losses, the Rangers still have an impressive record of 16-6-1. So lets not get ahead of ourselves and sound the alarm, they are still one of the best teams in the NHL. When they lose six in a row I’ll start to wonder if something is up. For now I’m not blinking an eye. Nor am I batting an eye at Henrik Lundqvist, who could be better lately. He allowed 5 goals to the Canadiens and then allowed 4 to the Bruins. Henrik got the day off against the Flyers, giving way to Antti Raanta. I think it was a good move by giving Lundqvist the day off. I expect a nice performance from him today. Three bad starts in a row for him seems way out of the ordinary. The Rangers are 1st in the NHL in goals against, allowing 2.04 goals per game.
The Hurricanes are exactly scoring the same amount of goals, averaging 2.04 goals per game. The Canes are 8-11-3 this season and would benefit from more goal scoring. But it’s been the same issue for them for quite a few years now. Cam Ward will get the nod in net for the Hurricanes, a Carolina lifer. He enters with a 2.44 GAA tonight. The Hurricanes have struggled to score the puck against the Rangers. Note that they have only scored 3 goals once in the last ten games. On average the Hurricanes netted only 1.3 goals per game in that stretch. The last time a game has gone OVER the total between the Hurricanes and Rangers was eight games ago. I need to take a look at the UNDER here, certainly hoping for not late minute goal to screw something up. If you have been following my picks, you are well aware of that situation.
PICK: UNDER 5 GOALS (-105)