New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction, Preview and Odds - 05/18/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Venue:  PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Where to Watch:  ESPN

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline:  Rangers +145, Hurricanes -170; Over/Under:  6 goals
Bet365:  Moneyline:  Rangers +150, Hurricanes -170; Over/Under:  5.5 goals
BetMGM:  Moneyline:  Rangers +135, Hurricanes -160; Over/Under:  5.5 goals
 

Season Record

New York Rangers:  52-24-6 (2nd place, Metropolitan Division)
Carolina Hurricanes:  54-20-8 (1st place, Metropolitan Division)
 
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New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
New York Rangers:  5-4-1 last 10
Carolina Hurricanes:  7-3-0 last 10
 
 
 

New York Rangers Analysis

The Rangers are coming into this game finishing the regular season with 110 points, a 52-24-6 record overall, and they are 27-10-4 in their home games this regular season where they will be in this game. They are coming into this game on a 3 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Penguins in game 4 of their last series while their 3 wins since then came against the Penguins in game 5, game 6, and in their last game which was also game 7 of that series. They won that game at home in OT 4-3. Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, K'Andre Miller, and Artemi Panarin each scored 1 goal for them in that one. Artemi Panarin led the team in shots on net in that game with 5. Igor Shesterkin was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 3 goals on 42 shots with 39 saves and a .928 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 254 goals this season averaging 3.1 goals per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 207 goals against them allowing 2.5 goals per game. 
 
 

Carolina Hurricanes Analysis

The Hurricanes are coming into this game finishing the regular season with 116 points, a 54-20-8 record overall, and they were 25-12-4 in their road games this regular season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games but are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Bruins in game 6 of their last series while their 2 wins in that span came against the Bruins in game 5 and in their last game which was also game 7 of that series. They lost that game on the road 3-2. Max Domi scored 2 goals in that game while Teuvo Teräväinen scored 1 goal for them in that one. Brendan Smith led the team in shots on net in that game with 5. Antti Raanta was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 2 goals on 29 shots with 27 saves and a .931 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 272 goals this season averaging 3.3 goals per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 229 goals against them allowing 2.8 goals per game.  
 
 

 

Rangers vs Hurricanes Prediction

The Hurricanes are coming into this game as a favorite with the current betting odds. They have been playing very well at home recently and won all 4 of their games at home in the last series. They are going up against a Rangers side that did not win every home game in their last series but still advanced over the penguins after 7 games. The Hurricanes were a much stronger team than the Rangers this season though and even in their head-to-head games, the Hurricanes were the better team with a 3-1 record against the Rangers this season. The Hurricanes will also be getting their starting goalie back for this series and they have been smashing teams at home with wins by more than 1 goal. The Hurricanes have had a few trips to the playoffs over the last few seasons and they have a lot more experience than the Rangers do which will come into play the deeper we go into the playoffs. The Hurricanes have been too good to stop at home with the way they are playing there and until it is done they cannot be faded here. The best bet here is on the Hurricanes to win this game.
 
Rangers Hurricanes Prediction:  Our NHL Pick for Wednesday, May 18, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Hurricanes 5 Rangers 2.
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NHL Betting Trends

 
New York Rangers: 12-17 (-7 Units) ML after a 3 game unbeaten streak. 21-30 (-10.4 Units) ML after scoring 3 goals or more in 3 straight games. 16-7 UNDER in a road game where where the total is 5.5.
Carolina Hurricanes: 50-24 (+12.4 Units) ML off a home win. 141-91 (+4.3 Units) ML in all games. 27-16 UNDER in a home game where where the total is 5.5.
 

Key Injuries

 
New York Rangers:  K. Kinkaid (G) Ques Wed - Upper Body. B. Goodrow (RW) Out indefinitely - Lower Body. S. Blais (LW) out for season - Knee.
Carolina Hurricanes:  J. Martinook (LW) Ques Wed - Lower Body. F. Andersen (G) Late May - Knee.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
“He's the guy, when it was heading into overtime, I said to myself, 'I know he's going to score if we score. If we get the winning goal, it's going to be him." - Gerard Gallant on Panarin after his team’s win against the Penguins in game 7 on Sunday.
 
 
“It's such a different feeling coming into this one. I think back in the other ones, if we would've won, you guys might have been a little surprised.” - Rod Brind’Amour after his team’s win against the Bruins in game 7 on Saturday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
New York Rangers
LW Kreider, Chris
C Zibanejad, Mika
RW Vatrano, Frank
LD Lindgren, Ryan
RD Fox, Adam
G Shesterkin, Igor
 
Carolina Hurricanes
LW Svechnikov, Andrei
C Aho, Sebastian
RW Jarvis, Seth
LD Slavin, Jaccob
RD Deangelo, Anthony
G Raanta, Antti
 

Statistical Leaders

 
New York Rangers
Points: A. Panarin (96)
Goals: C. Kreider (52)
Assists: A. Panarin (74)
GAA: I. Shesterkin (2.07)
 
Carolina Hurricanes
Points: S. Aho (81)
Goals: S. Aho (37)
Assists: S. Aho (44)
GAA: F. Andersen (2.17)
 
Coaches:
New York Rangers: Gerard Gallant (1st season)
Carolina Hurricanes: Rod Brind’Amour (4th season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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