Hurricanes vs. Rangers Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 6 Odds, Preview and Pick

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The Carolina Hurricanes can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday with a win in Game 6 of their semifinal series at the New York Rangers.

Which way to lean at BMR’s top-rated sportsbooks

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers

Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Madison Square Garden 

ESPN has the telecast of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and it’s the lone hockey game on Saturday.

Unfortunately, we have reached that point of the playoffs where we will get just one game per night.

By the way, how great have the Stanley Cup playoffs been compared to the blowout city that we have seen in the NBA postseason?  

Rangers Winning Expectation

If New York wins Saturday and forces a Game 7, which I believe happens, that would be Monday back in Raleigh, N.C.

The winner then would face the two-time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the East Finals, and the Bolts would be favored despite not having a home-ice advantage.

The Lightning is -140 favorites at BMR’s top-rated books to win the East with the Hurricanes +160 and Rangers +750. On this updated series line, Carolina is -400 and New York is +320.  

Hurricanes Series Recap

History says this series will be won by the Hurricanes. Astonishingly, they are 9-0 all-time in series they lead 3-2.

Teams that hold a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven own an all-time series record of 336-91 but only 4-3 in the first round this year. 

When a best-of-seven is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 223-60. When the home team wins Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead, it wins the series 80.6 percent of the time (141-34). 

Carolina remained unbeaten at home in these playoffs with a 3-1 victory Thursday.

When teams score both short-handed and on the power play in the regular season, they are hard to beat. When they do that in the playoffs, they are all but invincible.

Game 5 Recap

Vincent Trocheck opened the scoring at 12:57 of the first Thursday with a short-handed goal, and Teuvo Teravainen scored the eventual winner at 9:47 of the second on the power play, his team’s first goal with the main advantage of this series.

Andrei Svechnikov scored the clincher at 13:01 of the third. 

The short-handed goal was Carolina’s second of these playoffs, tied for the most in one postseason in franchise history. The team only had four in the entire regular season. 

"When you can get a shorthanded goal early it's big because it takes the life out of their power play,” Carolina’s Seth Jarvis said. “For the power play, it's great for our confidence.” 

The Hurricanes are the third team in the past decade to open their postseason with a home win streak of at least seven games.

Teuvo Teravainen Performance

Teravainen has at least one point in each of those wins, the third-longest home-point streak in franchise history. Cory Stillman holds the record of 13 in 2006 when the Canes won their only Stanley Cup. 

Alas, the Hurricanes are 0-5 on the NHL odds in their past five at home. 

Rangers Series Recap

You aren’t winning a playoff game with 17 total shots as the Rangers had in Game 5, the fewest shots allowed in a game by Carolina thus far in the postseason.

And you aren’t winning a playoff game if your two top offensive players, in this case, Chris Kreider and Artemi Panarin, combine for ZERO shots.

Panarin led the Rangers with 96 regular-season points and Kreider did with 52 goals. They have combined for 17 points so far in these playoffs. 

“They did a good job of pinning us in our D-zone. There were certainly a handful of plays where I could have gotten it out on the wall by making better decisions,” said Kreider. “Personally I’ve got to do a better job.” 

Blueshirts netminder Igor Shesterkin had allowed just one goal in three straight games before giving up three in Game 5.

Then again, he wasn’t nearly as good on the road in the regular season (15-7-1, 2.37 GAA) as at home (21-6-3, 1.85 GAA).

That has been the case in the postseason, too. The Russian carries a five-game home postseason winning streak into Game 6. 

Game 5 Recap

Mika Zibanejad had the Rangers’ lone goal on Thursday, his third straight game with one. That tied Andrew Copp for the longest by a New York this postseason.

The last Rangers player to have a goal streak longer than three games in the playoffs was Brendan Shanahan with four in 2007.

Defenseman Adam Fox had an assist on the goal for his 14th playoff point, just the fourth all-time Blueshirts blueliner with 14 in one postseason – he’s not breaking the incredible record of Brian Leetch’s 34 in 1994. 

Thursday’s game could have been a lot different if Ryan Strome didn’t have a goal overturned at 4:57 of the second period that initially gave New York a 2-1 lead. 

Canes coach Rod Brind'Amour challenged for offside and it was the right call to overturn it. 

Rangers Winning Streak

The Rangers are 6-19 all-time in a series when trailing 3-2, but they did win in Round 1 in that scenario vs. Pittsburgh.

New York is 2-12 in a series down 3-2 when that series began on the road as this did (the Rangers started Round 1 at home). 

Hurricanes vs. Rangers: Who to Bet On?

Look, this isn’t rocket science: Carolina has lost every road playoff game by multiple goals and New York has won five straight at home, including both in this series by multiple goals. We will have a Game 7. 

Probably wise to lean the under 5.5 goals as well considering no game in the series has seen more than five goals.  

NHL Pick: Rangers (-107) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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