New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes NHL Pick – Game 5

The NHL is set up with another strong slate of playoff hockey on Thursday night. Two games are up on the board throughout May 26. One of these games will be between the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.

New York has earned a record of 6-5 throughout the postseason as the second seed in the Metropolitan division. The Rangers knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games in the first round after erasing a 3-1 deficit. New York has won the last two games of this series and will look to bounce back in this one. I expect the Rangers to come out quickly in this one.

The Hurricanes have put up a record of 6-5 so far in the playoffs as the top seed in the Metropolitan division. Carolina eliminated the Boston Bruins in seven games in the first round. The Hurricanes will look to step up early in this one as they look to avoid dropping their third straight game. Carolina will look to remain red hot at home as well.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a huge win in Game 5. The Rangers have been solid throughout this series and have come back from down two games for the second time this series. Carolina has not lost at home yet and will look to stay hot. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
New York Rangers +1 ½ (-220) +135 Over 5 ½ (+115)
Carolina Hurricanes -1 ½ (+180) -160 Under 5 ½ (-135)

 

Team Data New York Rangers Carolina Hurricanes
Playoff Record 6-5 6-5
Playoff Away/ Home Record 1-4 6-0
Playoff GF/GP 3.27 2.73
Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home 2.40 3.67
Playoff SV% .919 .917
Playoff SV% Away/ Home .869 .962

Betting Trends

New York Rangers

  • 22-15 against divisional opponents
  • 23-13 after a divisional game
  • 1-1 when tied in series
  • 23-11 after a win by two goals or more
  • 21-14 after scoring four or more goals
  • 29-22 against team with a winning record

Carolina Hurricanes

  • 19-11 against divisional opponents
  • 19-10 after a division game
  • 2-0 when tied in a series
  • 12-9 after allowing four goals or more
  • 9-7 after a loss by two or more goals
  • 7-5 after scoring one goal or less
  • 31-22 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met in an exciting series so far. Sebastian Aho and Ian Cole both scored in the first game as Carolina won 2-1 in overtime. Aho had a goal and an assist in Game 2 as the Hurricanes won 2-0. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist as New York won Game 3 3-1. Andrew Copp had a goal and two assists to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win in Game 4.

Special Teams

The Rangers have been solid on special teams throughout this postseason. New York has scored on 8 of their 30 power play attempts, which is a 26.7 percent success rate. The Rangers have killed off 26 of their opponents 32 power play chances, which is an 81.3 percent penalty kill. New York is 3rd on the power play and 5th on the kill in the field of 7.

Carolina has struggled a bit on special teams in the playoffs. The Hurricanes have capitalized on 5 of their 45 power play opportunities, which is an 11.1 percent power play. Carolina has given up 8 power play goals on 40 penalties against, which is an 80 percent kill rate. The Hurricanes are 7th on the man advantage and 6th on the penalty kill.

New York has been the better team on special teams throughout this season and will look for the edge in this one. The Rangers have a much better power play, but Carolina’s penalty kill has been solid as well. The Hurricanes will look to turn their power play around in this one. If either team can get a power play goal in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

Igor Shesterkin will get the start in the crease for New York in this one. Shesterkin has started in all 11 games this postseason, going 6-4 in those matchups. He has posted a .925 save percentage and a GAA of 2.77 in those outings. Shesterkin finished with 30 saves on 31 shots in Game 4, which was enough to lead the Rangers to the win.

Antti Raanta will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Hurricanes on Thursday night. Raanta has earned a record of 5-4 throughout his 10 starts in the playoffs. He has put up a save percentage of .931 and a 2.09 GAA in those games. Raanta stopped 24 of 28 shots in the last game. He will look to bounce back in this one.

These two goalies have both played well throughout the postseason and will look for a big win in this one. Raanta has been great for Carolina, but the Hurricanes are getting closer to the return of Frederik Andersen. Shesterkin has bounced back in a big way after a rough start to the playoffs. If either goalie can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout the postseason and will look for a pivotal win in Game 5. The Rangers have won the last two games, but go back to a hostile Carolina. The Hurricanes will look to bounce back after averaging 1.5 goals per game this series. If Carolina can get the home crowd in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Bovada has the Hurricanes listed as a -160 against the money line in this one. This implies that Carolina will win this game around 61.5 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but there is little value in it. The Hurricanes are listed at +100 to win in regulation. I expect Carolina to come out faster at home in this one and earn the win in 60 minutes.

The Bet
Carolina Hurricanes 3-Way ML
+100
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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