New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game 1 Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated May 17, 2022

Off a spectacular series comeback win over the Penguins, the Rangers open the Eastern Conference semifinals at Metropolitan Division winner Carolina on Wednesday.

NY Rangers
52-24-3-3
AT
May 18, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
PNC Arena
Carolina
54-20-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -172
Moneyline +156
Over / Under o +5.5

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Puckline -1.5 +143
Moneyline -187
Over / Under u +5.5

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The Hurricanes are -168 favourites on the NHL odds with an over-under of 5.5 goals.

Rangers vs. Hurricanes NHL Betting Odds

Carolina finished atop the Metropolitan Division in the regular season with 116 points, and New York was second with 110. The Hurricanes clinched the division and what would prove to be home-ice advantage in this series with a 4-3 win at the Rangers on April 26. The Hurricanes won the season series 3-1. Sebastian Aho (3G, 4A) led with seven points. Frederik Andersen started the first three in net and rookie Pyotr Kochetkov did that last meeting. Chris Kreider (4G, 2A) led New York with six points in the series. No. 1 Igor Shesterkin started two (lost both) and backup Alexander Georgiev two in net.

On the series line, Carolina is -227 and New York +170. The favoured exact result is Hurricanes in five at +351 followed by in six at +401 (my early lean). Rangers in a sweep is the +1555 long shot. That it finishes in six games is +206 as is seven games.

The favourite is 5-2 in the past seven meetings.

New York Rangers

This writer picked the Rangers to beat the Penguins in seven in Round 1 and that wasn’t looking great with New York down 3-1 and likely Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin struggling. However, the Blueshirts did complete the comeback with a 4-3 overtime home win in Game 7 on Sunday. The Rangers, who advanced to the second for the first time since 2017, became the first team ever to win a series by claiming three consecutive comeback wins when facing elimination. It was the third time in franchise history the Rangers overcame a 3-1 hole. Shesterkin still wasn’t his regular-season self in the final three wins, allowing three goals in each, but no question he’ll be in net Game 1.

Mika Zibanejad (3G, 8A) led the Blueshirts with 11 points in Round 1, while defenceman Adam Fox (3G, 7A) had 10. Forward Barclay Goodrow sat out the final six games vs. the Pens due to injury and is not expected for at least the first two of this series. He had 13 goals and 20 assists in the regular season. The Rangers are 9-4 in their past 13 road games.

Carolina Hurricanes

All four regular-season division winners advanced the conference semifinals. It’s just the second time that has happened since the NHL went to four divisions in 2013-14. Carolina won all four home games in the first round against Boston, capped by a 3-2 decision in Game 7. No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen, formerly of the Leafs, didn’t play in any due to injury and won’t Game 1 here. It will be former Rangers netminder Antti Raanta. In two road starts last round (missed one), he allowed four goals in each. In the four at home, he surrendered only four (left one early).

Defencemen Tony DeAngelo (1G, 7A) and Jaccob Slavin (2G, 6A) led the Hurricanes with eight points each in the series. Carolina and New York will meet in a best-of-seven series for the first time. They played in the qualifying round in the bubble in 2020 and the Canes swept three. Carolina is 5-0 in its past five vs. Metropolitan Division teams.

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