Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers Odds & Info
|Game||Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers|
|Date & Time||Saturday August 1, 2020, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
Scotiabank Arena Scotiabank Arena, 40, Bay Street, Spadina—Fort York, Old Toronto, Peel, Golden Horseshoe, Ontario, M5J 2X2, Canada
CAR -125 ; O/U 6
On Saturday, the New York Rangers play the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 1 of the best of five Eastern Conference Stanley Cup qualifying series in Toronto. Since February of 2019, the Rangers have won five straight over the Hurricanes and this season before the coronavirus outbreak had won each of the four games head-to-head against Carolina. Dating back to January of 2011 the Rangers are 18-1 versus the Hurricanes.
This season Artemi Panarin was the dominating force for New York against Carolina with three goals and six assists in four games. Center Mika Zibanejad, who anchors the first-line for New York, scored four goals and chipped in with three assists in three games in which he played versus the Hurricanes.
Carolina can move the puck up the ice well with a talented blue line and can shoot it equally well. The Hurricanes have taken more shots on net with 3,970 since the 2018-19 season than all but three teams at even strength. The Hurricanes also have the best possession rate of 55% over that same span and were third at 54% during this season.
Carolina added to its defense at the trade deadline by acquiring both Sami Vatanen and Brady Skjel and added winger Vinent Troceck. Justin Williams returned healthy to the Hurricanes in January giving Carolina a solid attack on offense. In goalie Petr Mrazek is expected to start between the pipes but James Reimer could get the late nod.
Recent Betting Trends
- New York is 14-6 in its last 20 versus an opponent from the Metropolitan division
- The OVER has cashed in 7 of the Rangers last 9
- Carolina is 20-7 in its last 27 on Saturday
- The OVER has cashed in 6 of the Hurricanes last 8 versus Eastern Conference opponents
Free NHL Pick:
Hurricanes No. 1 goalie Mrazek has a subpar 3.03 goals-against average and .886 save percentage in seven games against the Rangers with a record of 3-4. Dougie Hamilton, the best defenseman on the Hurricanes is uncertain for Saturday’s Game 1. Hamilton is trying to return from a broken leg but had to leave the ice during practice this week. Final Score Prediction, New York Rangers win 4-2