The Rangers refuse to die and have sent this series to a seventh and deciding game on Monday night. But now the Hurricanes have home-ice advantage and will try to dispatch the feisty New Yorkers and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Let’s analyze this matchup and keep cashing our NHL picks!
New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Monday, May 30, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at PNC Arena
Rangers vs. Hurricanes Playoffs Recap
It was clear from the outset that the Rangers were going to be a tough out on Saturday night as they took a 2-0 lead entering the second period, courtesy of Tyler Motte and a power-play tally off the stick of Mika Zibanejad. Filip Chytil would put the Blueshirts up 3-0 before the Hurricanes responded with a goal of their own, cutting the lead to 3-1.
The teams would proceed to exchange scores as Chytil notched his second goal of the night to make it 4-2 in favor of the Rangers. Artemi Panarin would ice this one for New York when he scored at 7:43 of the third period on a man-advantage situation. Brady Skjei and Vincent Trocheck tallied for Carolina in the team’s 5-2 loss.
The Rangers are no strangers to elimination games, having won their fourth straight after fending off the Penguins in Games 5, 6, and 7 to advance to the second round. They will look to make it five in a row on Monday night but the Hurricanes may have something to say about that.
Rangers coach Gerard Gallant was not surprised at the outcome or his team’s resiliency, “Didn’t surprise me. I knew we’d come out hard and play well. ... We jumped on them early, got a couple of goals and that was key.”
“We came out pretty raw again,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. “We got behind again and that's where it got tough. ... It's behind us now, we turn the page. The good news is we don't have to end on that. We have another shot here.”
Igor Shesterkin Playoffs Debut
The NHL odds on Shesterkin winning the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league’s most valuable player, is +600 at most betting sites, trailing only Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid.
If Shesterkin does prevail, he would be only the ninth goalie in NHL history to win the award and the first since Carey Price did it after the 2014-2015 season. Rangers’ goalie, Igor Shesterkin, is only one of a handful of goalies who could have succeeded the sublime Henrik Lundqvist and not be overshadowed by the King.
In his second full season as the man between the pipes for New York, the 26-year-old Russian is a virtual lock for the Vezina Trophy having led the league in goals-against average (2.07) and save percentage (.935).
But what the Russian sensation did in Game 6, in addition to stopping 37 of 39 shots, was register two assists on goals scored by Mika Zibanejad and Filip Chytil’s second goal of the game. If the Rangers do eke out a win on Monday night, there is little doubt that Igor Shesterkin will play a sizeable role in the outcome.
Rangers vs. Hurricanes Betting Trends
- The home team is 6-0 in this series.
- The Rangers are 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- The Rangers are 0-5 in their last 5 games as a road underdog.
- The Rangers are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Carolina.
- Under is 4-0 in Rangers' last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Under is 7-1-1 in the Rangers' last 9 playoff games as an underdog.
- Under is 4-0 in the Hurricanes' last 4 playoff games as a favorite.
- Under is 5-0 in the Hurricanes' last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
How to Bet on Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 7
The early moneylines on this game have the Hurricanes ranging between -147 to -155 home favorites. And while that might strike some as odd considering the lopsided loss they were just handed by the Blueshirts, we should note that the home team has won every game of this series.
The biggest advantage the Rangers have is in net and that’s no disrespect to Carolina’s Antti Raanta who checks in with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in the postseason.
However, the Canes' backup goalie to Frederik Andersen during the regular season had a poor performance on Saturday and was chased after three goals, making way for his 22-year-old backup, Pyotr Kochetkov, who allowed the other two New York goals in the 5-2 loss.
The question is whether Raanta can shake off the funk of that dismal outing and compose himself for a solid effort against the Rangers in Game 7 on Monday night. I believe he will and I also believe that the Hurricanes are too talented to lose a series at home. This should be a tight-checking, low-scoring affair with the Hurricanes coming out on top.
Score Prediction: Carolina 3 – New York 1
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