New York Aims to Even Series Versus Carolina Tonight
Here's why we're betting on the Rangers to win a high-scoring game
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes take to the ice in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday night, with the 'Canes enjoying a 2 games to 1 lead.
After suffering close losses on the road in the first two games of the series, New York bounced back strongly in Game 3 at home as they won 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Unlike the opening games of the series, New York was able to dominate much of play, and constantly put pressure in the opponent's zone.
All three games thus far have been low-scoring and have gone under the total.
The puck drops at 7:00 pm EST at Madison Square Garden. Spreads.ca lists the game as close to even, with the total at 5.5 goals.
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Game Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):
In the playoffs, the Rangers are 4-1 on their home ice and have won by multiple goals in three of those five games.
For the Hurricanes, it's the complete opposite. They've had a rough time away from PNC Arena, yet to win on the road this postseason, and have lost all four games by 2 goals or more.
Accordingly, we think New York can tie this series and make it a best-of-three on Tuesday night. We'll also consider taking them on the puckline to win by 2 or more goals at the generous price of 3.20.
After both teams skated to the OVER in the first round, this series has been anything but high scoring. There have been just 9 combined goals scored in three games, which averages out to 3 goals per contest.
However, we think the strong under-trend finally ends in Game 4. Here's why: The over is 9-1-2 in the Rangers' last 12 playoff games as a favorite and 7 of their last 10 overall. There are similar trends for Carolina. The 'Canes have cashed the over in six of their last nine games as a road underdog and in 19 of their last 28 overall road games.
So, we're counting on the Rangers to win a high-scoring game.