New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes will face each other on Saturday evening in the NHL Playoffs action. The home side needs to search for a win to stay competitive in this series. The visitors are very close to the conference finals, and they will try to win on the road.
New York was unsuccessful on the road in Game 5, and they are trailing in this tie again. Nevertheless, they hope to level this series and bring it to a decider with a home win. On the other hand, Carolina continued its winning streak on the home ice. The away side seeks the first road win in the playoffs, and it could bring them a place in the next stage.
New York Rangers – Can they bring this series to a decider?
The Rangers could not surprise the Hurricanes on Thursday evening, and they are again behind in this series. They suffered a 3-1 defeat in Game 5 in another low-scoring match. New York was competitive only in the first period, which finished 1-1. In the remaining two, the Rangers failed to find the back of the opponent’s net, while they conceded twice. They were not active in the offense enough, firing only 17 shots toward Carolina’s goal. New York also won six faceoffs less, and they need to improve in front of the opposition’s goal to increase their chances of getting things even in this tie.
Mika Zibanejad leads New York’s offense in the playoffs with a total of 15 points and a team-high six goals. Adam Fox tops the assists charts with ten, followed by 14 pts, while Andrew Copp has also managed to reach the 10-point mark. Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider have combined for 17 pts, while two other skaters chipped in with seven points each in the post-season. On the goal, Igor Shesterkin has spent most of the time with 12 apps. He has a .924 save percentage and allows 2.80 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad
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Carolina Hurricanes – Will they book the first road win?
The Hurricanes have extended their unbeatable streak on the home ice, celebrating a 3-1 victory on Thursday evening. They are now just one success away from the Eastern Conference Finals, but they need to improve their away performances. Carolina still searches for the first road win in the post-season, and if they repeat the latest numbers, they might be closer to the victory. The Canes had twice more shots than their rivals while winning six faceoffs more.
Teuvo Teravainen is the only Carolina player that has crossed the 10-point margin with 11 pts. Sebastian Aho and Tony DeAngelo have contributed to the Hurricanes’ offense with nine pts each, while Vincent Trocheck and Jaccob Slavin have eight points apiece. Seth Jarvis and Jordan Staal have combined for 13 pts in the post-season, while three other skaters managed to chip in with five points each. On the other hand, Antti Raanta remains the first-choice goalie in Frederik Andersen’s absence. He has been conceding 1.99 goals per contest and saving 93.1% of the opponent’s shots.
Expected Line-Up: Antti Raanta, Tony DeAngelo, Jaccob Slavin, Andrei Svechnikov, Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen
Expert Pick #1 – New York Rangers to Win @-115
The home side doesn’t have the right to make a mistake here, while the Canes haven’t been convincing on the road in the playoffs. I believe the Rangers are capable of bringing this series to a decider, and I’ll back them to win as my first pick for this matchup.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 5.5 @-145
Both teams have been relying on their defenses in this series, and all five games stayed under a 5.5 margin. They have been producing 3.36 goals per game in total during this series and should apply the same approach. Therefore, I’ll go with the Under as my second bet despite a bit lower odds.
Expert Pick #3 – Hurricanes Under 2.5 @-110
Carolina was not efficient enough when playing away from home in the post-season, and they haven’t scored more than twice per game in the playoffs. I believe the Rangers’ defense can hold them back again, and this is going to be my third pick for this encounter.