Rangers Facing a Hurricane of Trouble in Round Two

NHL May 18, 2022

New York Rangers-Carolina Hurricanes Face-Off in Game 1 Wednesday Night

Both the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers needed seven full games to advance past Round One.

However, those two opening playoff series couldn’t have looked more different.

While the Hurricanes and Bruins slugged it out in a back-and-forth battle that featured exceptional play from both sides, by contrast, the best-of-seven between the Rangers and Penguins flew off the rails in from the start. That’s the beauty of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as each and every series is unpredictable. While Carolina’s victory played out pretty much according to public and betting expectations, New York’s unprecedented three comeback wins against the depleted Penguins triggers even more uncertainty about this next upcoming series.

And so, the Round Two showdown begins.

Game 1's faceoff happens at PNC Arena in Raleigh starting at 7:05 pm EST / 4:05 pm PST.

Spreads.ca lists the 'Canes as 1.57 favourites, which comes back at 2.45 on the Rangers.

The opening game total is 6 goals, shaded slightly to the UNDER.

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Prediction (powered by Pointspreads.ca):

The betting market took notice of how the Rangers played in the first series. They aren't getting as much respect, and that's a reasonable adjustment to make. While they deserve credit for being resilient, opportunistic, and coming up with the big goal each time they needed it, they also spent 16 of 25 periods in the series playing versus Pittsburgh’s No. 3 goaltender.

Carolina (likely playing their 2nd team goalie) is still a huge step up in class and experience and we expect that difference will show from the start on Wednesday night. New York simply can't afford to fall behind and expect to come back as they did previously.

Moreover, Carolina’s 5-on-5 advantage in this series should be significant. The 'Canes finished with the third-best goal differential, second-best shot attempt rate, fourth-best expected goals rate, and third-best high-danger scoring chance rate in the NHL over the regular season. Meanwhile, the Rangers ranked 14th, 25th, 24th, and 21st, respectively, in those same categories. So, when you size up these two teams, it’s hard to look past Carolina’s significant advantages.

In the goal for New York, Shesterkin could always be the great equalizer, but it took an avalanche of bad breaks for the Penguins to get the Rangers to this point and it’s hard to see that repeating itself for this series.

We'll go with Carolina at home as the favourite to win Game 1. We also like the Hurricanes to blow away the Rangers in this series and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

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