New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 18 (5/18): NHL

New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 18 (5/18): NHL

Credit: photo by Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:00 p.m. EST
Rangers money line +145
Rangers spread +1.5 (-175)
Hurricanes money line -135
Hurricanes spread -1.5 (+150)
Over / under 5.5
 

2021-2022 season stats

  New York Rangers Carolina Hurricanes
Record 56-33 58-31
Road / home record 26-18 33-12
Streak W3 W1
Goals per game 3.09 3.38
Goals allowed per game 2.49 2.44
Shots per game 29.2 34.1
Shots allowed per game 30.8 28.2
PP % 25.2% 22.0%
PK % 18.53% 11.96%
Over / under record 39-47-3 45-40-4

 

Preview

The New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes will meet at the PNC Arena in Carolina to play the Game 1 of the playoffs 2nd round in the East. The Rangers beat the Penguins in 7 games in the 1st round of the playoffs while the Hurricanes beat the Bruins in 7 as well.

New York Rangers

The Rangers won their last 3 games and are 26-18 on the road this season, with a 56-33 record overall ranking 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers are 19-13 in division matchups. New York is ninth in the Eastern Conference averaging 5.3 assists per game, led by Artemi Panarin with 1.0.

Artemi Panarin has 22 goals and 74 assists for the Rangers. Andrew Copp has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Rangers are 5-5, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.4 assists, 3.1 penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.9 goals per game.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes lost 3 of the last 5 games against the Bruins and are 33-12 at home with a 58-23-8 overall ranking 1st in the Metropolitan division. The Hurricanes are 34-17-6 against Eastern Conference opponents. Carolina ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference averaging 5.8 assists per game, led by Tony DeAngelo with 0.6.

Nino Niederreiter has scored five goals and added three assists over the past 10 games.

In their last 10 games the Hurricanes are 7-3, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.5 assists, 4.9 penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game.

BETTING TRENDS

New York is 9-4 in its last 13 on the road games.

The OVER has cashed in each of the Rangers last 7 games.

Carolina is 10-3 in its last 13 games.

The OVER has cashed in 8 of the Hurricanes last 10 games.

Prediction

The Rangers won the last 3 games of the 1st round series but they allowed many goals against the Penguins and the Hurricanes are tougher team. The Canes have won 10 of their last 13 games and are 3-1 against the Rangers this season. Take the Hurricanes to win in Game 1.

PICK: Hurricanes ML (-135)

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