The NHL is set up with another strong slate of hockey throughout May 30. The New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes will meet up in the final game of the second round. These two teams have met in a back and forth series so far and will look to remain hot in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 7-6 throughout the postseason as the second seed in the Metropolitan division. The Rangers knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round in seven games. New York will look to come from behind again in this series with a win on Monday night. The Rangers will look to get going on the road early in this one.
The Hurricanes have put up a record of 7-6 as well in the playoffs as the top seed in the Metropolitan division. Carolina knocked off the Boston Bruins in the first round and will look to move on with a big series win here. The Hurricanes have been strong throughout the playoffs at home and will look to keep it up with a huge win to close this series.
These two teams have met in a back and forth series in the second round with the home team winning the first six games. The Rangers will look to turn around their luck in Carolina, while the Hurricanes will look to stay undefeated at home. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win on Monday night.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|New York Rangers||+1 ½ (-210)||+130||Over 5 ½ (+120)|
|Carolina Hurricanes||-1 ½ (+175)||-150||Under 5 ½ (-140)|
|Team Data||New York Rangers||Carolina Hurricanes|
|Playoff Away/ Home Record||1-5||7-0|
|Playoff GF/GP Away/ Home||2.17||3.57|
|Playoff SV% Away/ Home||.876||.961|
New York Rangers
- 23-16 against divisional opponents
- 24-14 after a divisional game
- 1-2 when tied in series
- 23-12 after a win by two or more goals
- 30-23 against team with a winning record
- 20-12 against divisional opponents
- 20-11 after a divisional game
- 3-0 when tied in a series
- 10-7 after losing by two goals or more
- 32-23 against team with a winning record
These two teams met in an exciting series so far. Sebastian Aho had two goals and an assist in the first two games as Carolina won 2-1 and 2-0. Mika Zibanejad, Andrew Copp and Adam Fox all had three points over the next two games as the Rangers won 3-1 and 4-1. Antti Raanta stopped 16 of 17 shots in Game 5 as the Hurricanes won 3-1. Filip Chytil had two goals in Game 6 to tie this series with a 5-2 win.
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— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 30, 2022
The Rangers have been solid on special teams in the playoffs. New York has scored on 11 of their 37 power play chances, which is a 29.7 percent success rate. The Rangers have killed off 30 of their opponents 37 power play attempts, which is an 81.1 percent penalty kill. New York is 2nd on the power play and 3rd on the kill in the remaining field of 5.
Carolina has struggled on special teams throughout the postseason. The Hurricanes have capitalized on 6 of their 50 power play opportunities, which is a 12 percent power play. Carolina has given up 11 power play goals on 47 penalties against, which is a 76.6 percent kill rate. The Hurricanes are 5th on the man advantage and 4th on the penalty kill in the playoffs.
New York has the edge on special teams in this Game 7 and will look to cash in with a big goal or two on the power play. The Hurricanes were great on the penalty kill all season long, but struggled on the power play down the stretch. Carolina will look to change things up in this one though. If either team can step up on special teams, it could be enough for the win.
Igor Shesterkin will get the start in the crease for New York in this one. Shesterkin has started in 13 games these playoffs, going 7-5 in those matchups. He has posted a .926 save percentage and a GAA of 2.74 in those games. Shesterkin finished with 37 saves on 39 shots in Game 6’s win to extend this series for the Rangers.
Antti Raanta will likely finish out this series for the Hurricanes with Frederik Andersen still sidelined. Raanta has earned a record of 6-5 throughout his 12 starts these playoffs. He has put up a save percentage of .924 and a 2.20 GAA in his outings. Raanta struggled in Game 6, stopping 10 of 13 shots in the losing effort.
These two goalies have been strong throughout these playoffs and will look to earn a huge win in this one. Raanta is coming off a rough outing in Game 6 and will look to bounce back in this one. Shesterkin struggled early in this postseason run, but has been great as it has gotten deeper. If either goalie can lock down the crease early, it could lead their team to the win.
These two teams have been strong throughout this series and it will all come down to a winner take all Game 7. Carolina has been undefeated on home ice throughout these playoffs, while the Rangers have struggled on the road. I expect New York to change things up in this one though. If the Rangers can grab the early lead, I like their chances to book a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bovada has Carolina listed as a -150 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Hurricanes will win this game around 60 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams playing really well. Carolina has been great on home ice, but I am not sure they can keep it up. New York has the momentum off the Game 6 win and as underdogs, they have great value.