For a second consecutive series, the New York Rangers must win Game 6 to force a final Game 7 if they hope to advance to the next round. They host the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that has not won a road game during this postseason yet remains undefeated at home. Both teams have looked dominant in front of their fans but have struggled when they hit the road. While the Hurricanes hold the momentum heading into tonight, the Rangers have the slight edge. This is where you’ll find everything, including team win odds, the over/under, and point spreads.
Artemi Panarin, Anytime Goalscorer (+280)
If there was ever a time for Artemi Panarin to get on the board, it’s Game 6 tonight. The team is in a do-or-die situation, and they have yet to get a goal out of him. He has two assists, seven shots on goal, and a minus-1 rating after five games, which is a complete step down from his Round 1 heroics against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers won’t go far without Panarin being effective, but it’s promising to know that when the Rangers have their backs against the wall, Panarin shows up.
In must-win situations this year, he has one goal and one assist in three games. He was responsible for the overtime game-winning goal against the Penguins, and he finished with five shots on goal and over 23 minutes of ice time. When he is at his best, Panarin straps the Rangers to his back and rockets them to a victory. If New York wants to sing tonight, they’ll need the Bread Man to score a goal or two.
Andrew Copp – Player Points (Over 0.5, +100)
Playoff hockey always brings the best out of certain players, and Andrew Copp is that kind of guy. He had four goals in the opening round against the Penguins and then popped up for three points in Game 4 after going without a point in the first three games against the Hurricanes. A team is at their best when they have their top nine contributing, and the Rangers have received fine performances from their first and third lines thus far. A resurgence offensively for their second trio can be a difference-maker.
Copp closed out the series against the Penguins with four points in the final three games, all of which the Rangers faced elimination. He’s had a tremendous playoff run this year, with five goals and five assists in 12 games, a major step forward from previous years. He’s also shooting at a remarkable 22.7% efficiency rate, doubling his total career numbers. If the Rangers can get Copp in the high-danger areas in Game 6, Antti Raanta‘s night will be another dreadful one.
Seth Jarvis – Player Shots (Over 1.5, -160)
After taking a stick to the mouth, Seth Jarvis may have not been all smiles, but his performance spoke wonders. He registered one assist and five shots on net in Game 6, bringing his total up to seven points in 12 games. The 20-year-old forward has looked great in his first playoff appearance, giving the Hurricanes a dynamic edge on their top line. Drafted in the same year when Alexis Lafreniere went first overall to the Rangers, Jarvis aims to be the 2020 draft pick everyone talks about.
Jarvis has ten shots in five games, making this prop bet highly probable to be met. Jarvis is a fiery player that can get his line going, and he compliments centre Sebastian Aho very well. The two forwards, along with Teuvo Teravainen, can hem their opponents in their end of the ice and cycle the puck like no other line. When Carolina has their top line controlling the momentum of a hockey game, they have the best chances of winning. Jarvis to record two shots or more is one to consider, even if he failed to register a shot in Game 4.
Odds via FanDuel and Bet365.
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