The New York Rangers (56-27-8) welcome the Carolina Hurricanes (60-23-8) to Madison Square Garden on Sunday for Game 3 of their second round series.
Can New York get back into the series or will Carolina take a 3-0 lead? Find out in our Hurricanes vs Rangers prediction.
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Hurricanes vs Rangers Odds & Analysis
The Hurricanes opened as the road favorite at -139 on the moneyline, while the Rangers come in as the underdog at +113. The total was set at 5.5 goals with the OVER going 7-2 in New York’s last nine games and 8-4 in Carolina’s last 12 contests.
Carolina is 8-1 in the last nine meetings, suggesting that the visitors are a wise pick for your Hurricanes vs Rangers prediction.
Raanta Records First Playoff Shutout In Game 2
It was another low-scoring affair in Game 2 as the Hurricanes emerged with a 2-0 win to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Brendan Smith potted a shorty to open the scoring while Sebastian Aho scored an empty-netter to finish with two points and seal the win for Carolina.
Antti Raanta had a relatively quiet night in net, making 21 saves for his first career postseason shutout.
Carolina was a defensive powerhouse in the regular season, ranking first in the NHL in goals against per game (2.44). That trend has carried into the playoffs as the Hurricanes are second in the league at 2.33 goals against per contest, behind only the eliminated Dallas Stars (2.14).
Carolina has raised its defensive game even without starting goaltender Frederik Andersen, who has missed the entire postseason thus far with a leg injury.
Jordan Martinook (lower body) is questionable for Game 3.
Rangers Continue To Struggle Offensively
The Rangers couldn’t solve Raanta in Game 2 and have scored just one goal through the first two games of the series. Adam Fox, Ryan Lindgren and Jacob Trouba led the way with three shots apiece as New York struggled to generate much offensively. Igor Shesterkin stopped 20 of 21 shots in the loss.
It’s been a huge change of pace for New York compared to the first round, where the Rangers scored at least three goals per game against the Penguins as the teams combining for more than eight goals per contest.
Neither team has scored more than two goals in a game through the first two contests of this matchup – the Rangers will likely need to break that trend to get back into the series.
Hurricanes vs Rangers Pick & Insights
Hurricanes: Keys to Victory
Carolina is clearly comfortable playing a low-scoring style as they’ve done that all year long. The Hurricanes have limited the Rangers to just 24.5 shots per game so far – if that trend continues, they should be able to control the flow of play and take a 3-0 series lead on Sunday.
Rangers: Keys to Victory
New York needs a lot more from its top stars as Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox have each been held off the score sheet through the first two contests.
Zibanejad and Fox had 11 and 10 points, respectively, through the first round, so look for them to give New York a spark as they look to score some goals in Game 3.
NHL Computer Pick: Hurricanes (-115)
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