New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game 7 Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 30, 2022

Carolina is a perfect 7-0 at home in these playoffs, but can Antti Raanta bounce back from a tough Game 6 performance when the Hurricanes host the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night?

NY Rangers
52-24-3-3
AT
May 30, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
PNC Arena
Carolina
54-20-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -223
Moneyline +124
Over / Under o +5.5

47%

Betting Action

53%

Puckline -1.5 +185
Moneyline -149
Over / Under u +5.5

47%

Betting Action

53%

After five Game 7s in the first-round of the playoffs, the second-round has moved along quicker, with the Rangers and Hurricanes the only series set to go the distance.  The teams will meet in Carolina for Game 7 on Monday night with the winner advancing to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final.

The Hurricanes are -152 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Rangers vs. Hurricanes NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

New York will be hoping to break a significant trend in this head-to-head as the home team has won the first six games of this series.  One trend did end up breaking in Game 6, with the total going Over for the first time in the series.

The Rangers have struggled away from Madison Square Garden, managing just a single win in seven playoff road games.  They’ve also failed to pull off upset wins, losing their last six games as an underdog.  New York is +450 to win the Eastern Conference and +1100 to win the Stanley Cup, the longest odds by a fair amount in both categories.

Carolina comes in with a truly bizarre stat that somehow favours them in Game 7.  Despite losing all six of their road games in these playoffs, they’re a perfect 7-0 at home in the postseason and 9-0 dating back to the regular season.  They’re a low scoring team with the total going Under in six of their last seven games.  The Hurricanes are +232 to win the Eastern Conference and +674 to win the Stanley Cup.

New York Rangers

Igor Shesterkin was the MVP for the Rangers in Game 6.  Shesterkin stopped 37 of 39 shots and became just the fifth goalie in NHL history to have two assists in a playoff game.  He has three assists in 13 career NHL playoff games.  Filip Chytil scored twice, while Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Tyler Motte also found the back of the net.  New York was outshot in all three periods and 39-25 for the game, although they never trailed.  It was their fourth straight win in an elimination game.  They previously rallied from a 3-1 series deficit in the first-round against Pittsburgh.  They trailed at some point in all three of those Pittsburgh games.  New York has now won six straight home games since their triple overtime loss in Game 1 of the first-round.

One concerning trend for the Rangers is their 1-5 road record this postseason and the fact they’ve been outscored 7-2 in three road losses against the Hurricanes.  That’s obviously a big difference from their 12-4 goal edge in their three home wins this series.  Looking at the bright side, Barclay Goodrow was a surprise addition back into the lineup in Game 6.  Goodrow hadn’t played since suffering a suspected fractured ankle in Game 1 of the first-round.  He’s likely not fully healthy, but he was a key contributor to Tampa’s Stanley Cup runs over the last two years and he could be the spark New York needs for a road victory.

Carolina Hurricanes

Home ice advantage is huge for Carolina in Game 7 with their perfect home record in the playoffs.  Brady Skjei‘s first goal of the postseason and Vincent Trocheck‘s fifth was the only offence they could muster in Game 6.  With the loss, the Hurricanes earned the dubious distinction of being the first team in NHL history to lose their first six road games of a single postseason.

Antti Raanta struggled in net on Saturday and was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots.  Pyotr Kochetkov allowed two goals on 12 shots in relief.  Of course, the only reason Raanta and Kochetkov are even seeing playoff action is because No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen remains sidelined with a lower-body injury.  Andersen, who hasn’t played since April 16, has been a limited participant at practice, but don’t bank on him getting thrown into the net in Game 7.  Raanta will remain the starter going forward.

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