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.
Carolina Hurricanes (-110) vs New York Rangers (-110)
CAR: 7-5, 2.75 GF/GP, 2.42 GA/GP
NYR: 6-6, 3.08 GF/GP, 3.17 GA/GP
Both teams enter tonight’s contest at -110, which is absolutely normal considering how close the two teams have played against each other. The Hurricanes won 3-1 at home in Game 6, their seventh consecutive victory in front of their home crowd. Unfortunately, their Jekyll and Hyde performance in this year’s postseason is still alive. The series has been unpredictable in terms of momentum swinging in each team’s favour. While the Hurricanes should be heavy favourites heading into tonight, they’re winless on the road makes it hard to put money on them.
The Rangers hope the trend continues, at least for one more game. They’ll take things one game at a time, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that they’ll have to win a Game 7 in Carolina. It was one round ago when Rangers overcame a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins, so they are definitely battle-tested. Players like Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider improved while on home soil, but Artemi Panarin’s lacklustre performance is hindering the team.
New York – Win By More Than 1 Goal (-1.5, +230)
Strictly sticking with the home team for Game 6, and at the odds of them earning a victory by more than one goal, who wouldn’t be intrigued? They were far and beyond the better team in both games in Madison Square Garden, as they were in Games 5 and 7 against the Penguins. History will need to repeat itself if the Rangers want to live another day, and most eyes will be on Igor Shesterkin. He was lights out in Games 3 and 4 but has struggled when playing on the road.
The concern from Carolina’s camp was the lack of goals compared to the first round. They ate up the Boston Bruins but surrendered a surplus of goals too. Tightening up defensively has improved Antti Raanta‘s save percentage drastically, but at the cost of scoring six goals in the first four games. Vincent Trocheck and Andrei Svechnikov got on the board for the first time this series, and they’ll need to be on top of their game once more.
Total Goals Scored – Under 5.5 (-140)
The two teams have combined for five goals or less in each game this round, making this one of the easier gambles to make. With an emphasis placed on line matching and defensive structures, the goals aren’t coming very often. On most nights, two goals are enough to win a hockey game, and that trend is likely to continue. The only real danger to this line is the Rangers’ ability to score a bunch in front of their home crowd. That hasn’t been the case against Carolina thus far, but you never know with this team.
Head coach Gerard Gallant will expect his team to be much better than Game 6, when they were outshot by a 2:1 margin. The Hurricanes kept the Rangers at 17 shots on goal, the lowest they registered during this year’s postseason. A collective effort on both offense and defense led to their most-complete game thus far, but the road hasn’t treated them very kindly. With just two goals in two games, their offense needs to wake up for Game 6 if they hope to avoid a winner-take-all situation next Monday.
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