New York Rangers will host the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL 2021-22 action on Tuesday evening. The hosts still want to challenge the top-place finish in their division and return to the winning track. The away side enjoys the winning streak, and they will search for another one in a row.
New York has improved its displays over the past few weeks, but its winning run ended after the latest match. Nevertheless, they look forward to capitalizing on the home ice and staying in the game for the pole position. On the other hand, Carolina has been pretty successful lately, and they want to continue in the same fashion. The visitors are full of confidence, and they hope to keep it at that level.
New York Rangers – Can they win on the home ice again?
The Rangers return to the home ice after losing 3-1 to the Boston Bruins in their latest match. It was their first defeat after four straight wins, but they stayed 2nd in the Metropolitan Division. New York is four points behind their upcoming rivals but has one game in hand. They lost just twice on the previous nine occasions, and that run helped them improve to a 51-22-6 record. Nevertheless, they need to do much better than in the latest game, when they scored just once from 31 shots.
Artemi Panarin is close to a “century” after producing 96 points, including a team-high 74 assists. Mika Zibanejad has scored 80 points this season, while Chris Kreider tops the scoring charts with 51 goals. He has also contributed with 75 pts, while Adam Fox has 72. However, Ryan Strome is their only player in the 50s, while two other players chipped in with 30 or more points each. On the goal, Igor Shesterkin has spent most of the time between the pipes for the Rangers, having a very good .936 save percentage and allowing only 2.03 goals per match.
Expected Line-Up: Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad
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Carolina Hurricanes – Will they extend their run?
The Hurricanes have been on the winning run lately, celebrating four times in a row. That streak keeps them on the top of the Metropolitan Division with a 52-20-8, being four points ahead of the Rangers. Their run of road games continues in New York, and Carolina will try to keep their run going. The Hurricanes were better than the New York Islanders in their most recent game, booking a 5-2 win. Carolina dominated the game with 34 shots, and they were pretty productive in the final third.
Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes’ offense with 79 points and also tops the goalscoring and assists charts with 36 and 43, respectively. Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen managed to reach the 60s, while Tony DeAngelo has produced 51 pts. Vincent Trocheck, Nino Niederreiter, and Jaccob Slavin have contributed with 40+ points each, while five other players have chipped in with 30 or more pts. On the other hand, Frederik Andersen commands the Hurricanes’ defense between the pipes, making 52 appearances and allowing 2.17 goals per game on average.
Expected Line-Up: Frederik Andersen, Tony DeAngelo, Jaccob Slavin, Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen
Expert Pick #1 – Rangers to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @-105
It’s going to be a tight game, but the home side should be capable enough of celebrating a victory. A potential success might bring them just two points away from the pole position in their division. That’s why I’ll back them as my first pick in this matchup.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 5.5 @+105
Both defenses have been pretty disciplined this season, and they concede just a bit more than two goals per contest. This encounter shouldn’t be much different, and I don’t see these two teams producing more than five goals. Give me the Under as the second bet at the plus money odds.
Expert Pick #3 – Carolina Hurricanes Under 2.5 @+130
Consequently, I don’t see the visitors scoring more than two goals in this match. Although it’s probably the riskiest pick of these three, I’ll take it since the returns could be quite lucrative. The Rangers should keep their defense tight and hold their rivals to two goals at most.