Game 1 Rangers vs. Hurricanes Prediction: Stanley Cup Qualifier Odds

Frank Doyle | Updated Jul 30, 2020

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Stanley Cup Qualifying Round action gets started with a Saturday matinee. The Rangers and Hurricanes clash in Game 1 at 12 p.m. ET.

NY Rangers
August 01, 2020, 12:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +113
Over / Under o +6


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Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -133
Over / Under u +6


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The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are a different animal from the regular season all together, which is why you’ll see the Carolina Hurricanes are favoured to win Game 1 and this five-game series against the New York Rangers. In the regular season, the Blueshirts swept the four games they played against Carolina in dominant fashion. Now, will that translate to this Stanley Cup playoffs qualifying round? We’re about to find out.

Rangers vs. Hurricanes NHL Playoffs Odds

Game 1 goes Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET from the Scotiabank Centre in Toronto and the Rangers have to like their chances despite the fact they went into this season still in the middle of a self-imposed rebuild. That seems to be in the rear-view mirror now. New York didn’t concede a point to Carolina in their four matchups this year, outscoring the ‘Canes 17-9. The Hurricanes are a very deep team though, with much more playoff experience. Carolina is an excellent puck-possession team that loves to pump shots on goal. That’s unlikely to change in this series. The difference could end up being in goal and on special teams.

New York was set as about a -100 series underdog earlier this week, but is now at -111 while Carolina is the -123 favourite. For Game 1, the Hurricanes are -130 favourites on the NHL odds board.

New York Rangers

The mainstream media says there’s a big controversy in the Blueshirts’ crease, but the reality is it would be a shocker if anyone but rookie Igor Sheshterkin is the No. 1 guy. Sheshterkin was 10-2 with a .930 save percentage – end of story.Given the short series, if he falters, Henrik Lundqvist will be up next.

The Rangers are the second-youngest team left playing so it’ll all be about how well their kids can play under pressure. They certainly have the talent with Hart Trophy candidate Artemi Panarin and 41-goal scorer Mika Zibanejad leading the way up front. Tony DeAngelo and another rookie, Adam Fox, have stood out on the back end. Their power play can be deadly too, connecting on 22.9 percent of its opportunities.

David Quinn’s Rangers have been very well prepared all year but this could be the toughest game of the series for them as they get their first taste of playoff hockey.

Carolina Hurricanes

Don’t be shocked if the Hurricanes come out like a house on fire. They’ve certainly heard all the talk that the wrong team might be favoured in this series and head coach Rod Brind’Amour knows how to push his team’s buttons. Plus, this is a team that just doesn’t have many weaknesses.

Sebastian Aho paced the team with 66 points in 68 games as a 23-year-old and is one of three players on the club with at least 60 points (Teuvo Teravainen had 63 and sophomore Andrei Svechnikov had 61). So they certainly have the talent to put the puck in the net and the Hurricanes also have one of the deepest bluelines in the league. Add the leadership Justin Williams and Jordan Staal bring to the table and you have a very complete team. The big question mark will be in goal where the Rangers have lit up Petr Mrazek and James Reimer.

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