Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers Prediction, Tips & Odds – May 27, 2022 01:00 CET
Friday is a rest day in the 2022 IIHF World Championship so back to the NHL we go for a valuable hockey selection. Second round series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers is currently tied at two wins apiece. The Canes dropped a two-game lead in New York but for this crucial game 5 they return home where they are still undefeated in the playoffs.
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It seems the variance and the unpredictability of the NHL has struck the Hurricanes whose offense has been underperforming after their two initial wins. Their top offensive unit of Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Seth Jarvis has been at its usual level, but their offensive struggles will continue if their supporting cast doesn´t start stepping up.
Carolina has won all of their playoff games at home so far and that will be their biggest comfort heading into this game despite losing all the momentum. Their defense and goalie Antti Raanta have been at a high level but their offense is struggling averaging only 1.5 goals in four games of the series. That is a pretty big change compared to their average of almost 3.5 goals they were scoring in their round 1 series against the Boston Bruins.
New York Rangers
After a measly one goal the Rangers scored in the opening two games of the series, the return to their iconic Madison Square Garden lifted their spirits as they could not be contained scoring seven goals in two games at home. Their netminder Igor Shesterkin also provided excellent support at the back limiting the Hurricanes to a total of only two goals.
With plenty of momentum on their side, the Rangers are now hoping to inflict the Canes their first playoff defeat at home. In the initial two games in Raleigh they looked out of ideas offensively but luckily it has been a defensive series overall. That has been keeping them alive as this game 5 should be very similar to all the other ones so far.
“When we get to our game, we’re pretty effective. When we bring our work boots, I think we can be effective no matter where we’re playing.”
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) May 25, 2022
Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers Prediction
Goals are hard to come by in this series and it should remain the same this Friday in the PNC Arena. Vital game for both teams as the winner will most probably advance – the Rangers would have an ideal situation going back home with a series lead while the Hurricanes would at least secure a decisive game 7 at home in case they lost in New York again after today´s game.
Our pick for this game is the Total Under for very solid 1.74 odds @bet365.
Prediction: Total Under 5.5
Date and time: 27.05.2022 01:00 CET