It’s a slow day in the NHL with only a couple of games on the docket. Major League Baseball and the NFL will take precedence over the NHL on Sunday. The postseason is in full swing and there are some big games on the gridiron. If you’re a dedicated hockey fan, that means absolutely nothing to you, though. The Hurricanes will be lucky to get 10,000 people in attendance for this game, so the interest in this game might be the lowest of the day in the sporting world.
That doesn’t mean we can’t profit off it, though. I will be keeping an eye on all of the action, including the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes looked great on Friday night in Columbus, as they struck early and played keep away with the Blue Jackets en route to a 3-1 victory in Ohio. They dropped a 2-1 decision to the Islanders in overtime in the season opener.
The Hurricanes are likely to play well in spots this season, but it’s going to be tough for them to reach the playoffs come the spring. Despite earning a point in each of their last two games, don’t expect the Hurricanes to continue to find easy points in the future. Will they find easy points against the New York Rangers today? Well, they enter as heavy favourites and the Rangers have been playing off stride to start the 2018-19 campaign, so it’s quite possible.
The end of Henrik Lundqvist’s career probably isn’t far away, and with that, he might go out without a Stanley Cup in what has been a fantastic career for him. At 36 years old, and the Rangers on the wrong side of success, it’s going to be difficult in NYC for him to cap his career off with a Cup. He played well last night, but got little goal support. They fell to the Sabres by a score of 3-1 in Buffalo. The Rangers will be searching for their first win in Carolina this early evening. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Hurricanes pick.
N.Y Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick
Goal scoring has been difficult for the Rangers to find thus far. They scored 2 goals in the opener against the Predators and then they couldn’t do anything in a 3-1 loss against a bad Buffalo team. The lack of goal scoring in NYC goes back to last season as well. You need to go back seven games to find the last time they netted more than 2 goals. In eight of their last nine games, the Rangers have failed to bury more than 2 goals.
At least in the early stages of this season, it looks like it’s carried over from the end of last season. With a top line of Kreider, Zibannejad, and Buchnevich, there just isn’t enough firepower to help them out. The Rangers dumped talent at the deadline last season and it’s showing on the stat sheet. The 23-year-old Bunchevich is the only one of the bunch who has found the back of the net thus far this season. Don’t be surprised if the Rangers unload more talent at the trade deadline and look to be sellers.
Alexander Georgiev will get the nod in net for the Rangers on Sunday. He appeared in ten games a season ago and posted a 3.15 GAA and 0.918 save percentage. This is a nice opportunity for the younger guy to impress against a pedestrian offence. The Rangers expect him to see progress after getting his feet wet a year ago. Carolina finished 23rd in the league last season, and have most of the same offence together. Through their first two games of the season, they’ve scored 1 goal against the Islanders and 3 against the Blue Jackets. Getting a total of 6 with two below average offences on the UNDER looks attractive on Sunday.