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Rangers vs. Hurricanes picks, odds: Expert predictions for Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 6

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🔴 LIVE 📺📲👉 Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 6

🔴 LIVE 📺📲👉 Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 6

ESPN will host Tuesday’s matchup between the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes in Game 6 of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs with puck drop set at 7:10 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

Carolina has looked like a Cup contender when playing at home this postseason. On the road... not so much. Will it be able to exercise its demons tonight? Find out in our NHL betting picks and predictions for Hurricanes vs. Rangers.

The New York Rangers may have not been the better team in Game 3, but they found a way to win thanks to Igor Shesterkin, and they now have a chance to tie this series up at 2-2.

The Carolina Hurricanes played their best road game of the postseason, but they just couldn’t finish on their chances — not from a lack of trying.

The Hurricanes are the only team remaining in the playoffs who haven’t won a road game yet. The first three games have been tight, defensive battles where the first goal is paramount. Carolina came out peppering Shesterkin with shots in Game 3 and the Hurricanes should continue to be aggressive in Game 6. Tighten a few things on defense and Carolina will break through on the road tonight.

Game four of this second-round matchup continues tonight as the New York Rangers host the Carolina Hurricanes. The series is now 2-1 in favor of the Hurricanes after the Rangers came up huge with a win in game three to give themselves a chance to win this series. The Hurricanes have had trouble winning on the road this postseason, can they pull off a win tonight to go up 3-1 on the Rangers? It’s time to continue our NHL odds series with a Hurricanes-Rangers prediction and pick.

Perhaps it is time for Chris Drury to speed dial Pierre Racicot.

Remember back in training camp when the Blueshirts’ newly minted president-general manager invited the newly retired NHL linesman to work with the team on its perpetual issues at the faceoff dots?

Racicot’s counsel paid some dividends during the season, maybe scant, but the Blueshirts did improve from 44.5 percent a year ago — a performance that was not only last in the league but the next-to-worst record of any club in nine seasons — to 48.1 percent this year, 24th in the league.

Even more encouraging is that the Blueshirts were just over 50 percent for the final 22 games of the season dating back to March 17.

But the Rangers have regressed since the opening puck drop of the playoffs, dropping back to 42.8 percent that ranks last among the 16 tournament qualifiers. If there is good news to be gleaned from all these stats, it is that the mighty two-time running Stanley Cup champion Lightning — next on the docket if the Blueshirts advance — are 15th.

If there is bad news to be gleaned by perusing the numbers it is that the Blueshirts have gotten worse in this round against Carolina, entering Tuesday’s Game 6 at the Garden having won merely 41.9 percent of their draws against the ‘Canes. They were 20-for-49 in Game 1, 27-for-62 in Game 2 and 26-for-63 in Game 3.

Of course, all faceoffs are not created equal. But in losing these battles at the dots so consistently, the Rangers find themselves in almost constant chase of the puck. That is certainly a factor in the club’s inability to generate a meaningful quantity of high quality scoring opportunities against Antti Raanta.

By the way, sometimes this doesn’t make the slightest sense. Because after Kevin Rooney won 11 of his 18 draws in the opening set on the road, the club’s fourth-line center and penalty-killer lost all 10 faceoffs he took in Sunday’s Game 3 at the Garden. So Rooney, who lost all three he took against Vincent Trocheck and Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the two he took against Jordan Staal and Seth Jarvis, is now at 39.3 percent.

On and on it goes (or doesn’t) for the Rangers, who incredibly have not won at least half of their draws since the 2008-09 season. They’ve had Brad Richards and Derek Stepan; Brian Boyle and Dom Moore; Derick Brassard and Kevin Hayes; Brandon Dubinsky and Erik Christensen; John Mitchell and, among others, Drury, himself. There must be something in the water.

Gerard Gallant generally downplays the issue but when he was asked why he had juggled the club’s line combinations for Game 3, the head coach’s explanation went right to the dots of the matter.

I just wanted to get Copper in the middle—a stronger faceoff guy,” Gallant said, referring to Andrew Copp, who shifted from the right side on the Ryan Strome line to center of a remade third unit. “He did pretty well but we still had a lot of trouble at the faceoff dot. That was my thinking.”

Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes will take place on Sunday. Both teams have struggled to break the other's home-ice advantage in this series with the home team winning by two goals or more in each of the last four games of the series. The Hurricanes now have a 3-2 advantage in the series and can advance in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs if they can finally get over the hump on the road.

Saturday's contest will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City and puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. New York is a slight -115 favorite (risk $115 to win $100) while Carolina is listed as the -105 underdog in the latest Rangers vs. Hurricanes odds from Caesars Sportsbook. The over-under for total goals is listed at 5.5. Before making any Hurricanes vs. Rangers picks, check out the Game 6 predictions from NHL insider Matt Severance.

Severance is a well-connected writer and handicapper who has worked in the industry since 2005. He's SportsLine's top NHL handicapper, going 128-65-4 in his last 197 NHL picks, returning over $2,900 for $100 players.

For the second straight series, the Carolina Hurricanes are headed on the road with a 3-2 series lead after a commanding game five win hoping to pick up a victory away from home to advance.

This time the trip is to Madison Square Garden with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals within reach for the Canes, though getting it done Saturday night will mean winning a game on the road for the first time this postseason.

It’s been a kind of wild journey so far for Carolina. In PNC Arena, the Hurricanes are now 7-0 this postseason and have dominated most of those seven games. Away from PNC Arena, the Canes are 0-5.

While Carolina has looked mostly like a different team on the road, the Canes still aren’t overthinking it. Nor should they.

When asked how they take their game five performance on the road Thursday night, Vincent Trocheck had a pretty straightforward response.

“You just do it,” Trocheck said. “It’s kind of like beating a dead horse. We’re not winning on the road, but it’s no different really. Just be prepared.”

What was the key? Carolina’s smothering defensive play as a five-man unit. It’s often said that defense begins with checking well in the offensive zone, and the Canes were a textbook example of that. New York mustered just 17 shots on goal. Forget trying to find time and space in the slot in the offensive zone; the Rangers had no space to navigate out of their own end. They couldn’t solve Carolina’s forecheck, which was bolstered by how well the defensemen were pinching, and the result was that most of the game was spent in New York’s end.

Moment of the game: When Carolina finally scored on the power play. Controlling the even-strength battle is vital, yes, but you’re not going to last long if your man advantage can’t convert. The Hurricanes had yet to score on the power play heading into Game 5, but Teuvo Teravainen made sure to snap that streak. Seth Jarvis, who had a tremendous all-around game, made a great pass, and Teravainen made no mistake for what finished as the game winner.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes controlled long stretches of play, stayed aggressive and even got a breakthrough in a two-month struggle on the power play.

It was enough to secure another home playoff victory. Now they can turn their attention to trying to put away the New York Rangers, too.

Vincent Trocheck buried a short-handed goal, Teuvo Teravainen had a rare power-play score and the Hurricanes beat the Rangers 3-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 lead in the second-round series.

It was part of yet another strong home performance for the Metropolitan Division champions, who improved to 7-0 at home in the postseason.

“It was kind of the game that I’ve been waiting for,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’ve been playing OK, but tonight was good all the way around — more obviously how we want to play.”

Andrei Svechnikov also scored, beating Igor Shesterkin with a backhander on a breakaway midway through the third period as the Hurricanes protected their Game 5 lead.

The Hurricanes can advance to the Eastern Conference finals to face reigning two-time Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay by winning Game 6 in New York on Saturday, though they are 0-5 away from PNC Arena so far despite tying for the NHL lead in regular-season road wins.

Now Carolina faces the challenge of putting away a team that has been resilient, even stubborn, when facing a series deficit. The Rangers rallied from a 3-1 hole to beat Pittsburgh in a seven-game first-round series, then lost the first two games against Carolina before fighting back to even at home.

“The way I look at it, we’ve played a lot of must-win games lately, and we’ve done a pretty good job,” said New York’s Ryan Strome, who had a second-period goal negated by a successful offsides challenge from Carolina.

“We’ve played some desperate hockey. ... We seem to like being in this position a little bit.”

The Hurricanes sustained their aggressive style while giving the Rangers little room to operate, finishing with a 34-17 shot advantage to keep the pressure on Shesterkin while also easing the burden on Antti Raanta (16 saves) in Carolina’s net.

Mika Zibanejad scored a power-play goal for New York, winning a first-period faceoff and then drifting to the left side for the putaway just six seconds into the man advantage. Shesterkin — a finalist for both the Vezina Trophy for the league’s top goalie and Hart Trophy for most valuable player — finished with 31 saves against a steady stream of work.


Carolina had been just 9 of 89 (10.1%) on the power play since late March. Yet after an 0 for 9 start in the series, the Hurricanes finally broke through with quick and crisp puck movement.

Rookie Seth Jarvis — who left briefly in the second with a bleeding mouth after being hit by Strome’s follow-through on a shot — zipped the puck to Teravainen for the left-side putaway to beat Shesterkin at 9:47 of the second for the 2-1 lead. It marked Carolina’s first goal with the man advantage since the final minutes of Game 6 in the first-round win against Boston.

“We had just kind of talked after the last game,” Teravainen said. “Just reset and start over and just we don’t have to think too much (of what’s) behind, keep thinking what’s going forward.”


Carolina’s first goal came on special teams, too, though this on a perfectly executed short-handed rush off a turnover.

Jordan Staal carried the puck on the left side until Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller laid out to stop a pass, but Staal lifted the puck off the ice and over Miller’s legs to a charging-in Trocheck on the right side for the 1-0 lead at 12:57 of the first.

“The pass that Jordan made was incredible,” Trocheck said.

Carolina, which had a short-handed goal from defenseman Brendan Smith in the Game 2 win, has two short-handed goals in the same postseason series for the first time since 1992.


Strome appeared to have given the Rangers a 2-1 lead just five minutes into the second when he collected his own entry pass on the boards and beat Raanta. But on the review, linemate Andrew Copp was clearly across the blue line as he tried to tag back up.

“It definitely sucks, but that’s the way it goes,” Strome said. “It’s a rule. It’s cut and dry. It happens.”


Carolina’s seven-game home winning streak is the longest in a postseason since Chicago won its first seven games in 2014, a run that ended in the conference finals.


Retired American soccer great Clint Dempsey sounded the pregame “storm warning” siren for the Hurricanes to take the ice.

NASCAR driver Harrison Burton sounded the siren for the first intermission, followed by North Carolina State football coach Dave Doeren — whose Wolfpack play across the parking lot from PNC Arena in Carter-Finley Stadium — for the second intermission. drtgtrr4ewr5ewr


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