Game 2 Rangers vs. Hurricanes Prediction: Stanley Cup Qualifier Odds

Frank Doyle | Sun. Aug 02 2020, 09:08 am

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It didn't take long for the temperature to turn up in Game 1 between the Rangers and Hurricanes. Game 2 is set for Monday at noon ET.

NY Rangers
37-28-3-2
AT
August 03, 2020, 12:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Carolina
38-25-5
Puckline +1.5 -203
Moneyline +115
Over / Under o +5.5

60%

Betting Action

40%

Puckline -1.5 +169
Moneyline -140
Over / Under u +5.5

60%

Betting Action

40%

The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes opened up the NHL Stanley Cup Qualifying Round on Saturday afternoon and dispelled any thought that these games might lack the intensity hockey fans are used to. In a nasty, hard-hitting affair, the Hurricanes’ playoff experience was evident in a 3-2 victory. Now as we get set for Game 2, there are a lot of questions to be answered.

Rangers vs. Hurricanes NHL Playoffs Odds

The Rangers were planning to start Igor Shesterkin in goal on Saturday, but he was held out with an undisclosed injury and may not be ready for Game 2. That was a big surprise before the puck even dropped. The Hurricanes, who went off as -135 favourites in Game 1, beat the Rangers for the first time in five meetings this season and now have the upper hand in the series. New York is searching for answers after failing to match Carolina’s intensity. The NHL odds board opened with Carolina set as a -151 favourite for Game 2 with a total of 5.5.

New York Rangers

The young Rangers got a rude welcoming to life in the Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 1. The winner of the team’s Players’ Player award for five years running, Jesper Fast, was hammered by former teammate Brady Skjei and didn’t return. His loss was felt through the lineup and the Blueshirts never really found their game.

Head coach David Quinn said his team was too slow on Saturday and they definitely looked like a squad that was getting its first taste of playoff hockey. Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, and Tony DeAngelo need to be much better. If Sheshterkin isn’t available for Game 2, look for Henrik Lundqvist to get the call again. The King kept the Rangers in Saturday’s game with 34 saves, but needs to be more assertive playing the puck to help his defenceman break out quicker.

Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes came to play on Saturday, swarming the Rangers early with relentless forecheck. They outshot the Rangers 12-4 in the opening frame and were faster and more physical than New York. Justin Williams provided a big spark by dropping the mitts with Ryan Strome and Carolina never looked back after that.

Sebastian Aho and Jacob Slavin each had a goal and a helper and the penalty killing unit shut down all seven of New York’s power play chances. In short, Carolina played a perfect series-opening game on Saturday. Now can the Canes do it again on Monday?

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