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🔴 LIVE 📺📲👉 Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 6
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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.”
General Manager Chris Drury’s first priority following last season’s Tom Wilson incident was to make this squad tougher. The acquisition of Ryan Reaves is now front and center as things got chippy in Game 3.
As the time was ticking down on a a 3-1 Rangers victory on Sunday night, two things happened that appear to have wakened a sleeping giant.
Hurricanes forward Max Domi cross-checked Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren as the horn was sounding to end the game. A wrestling match between the two ensued with Reaves being held back by the linesman.
At the same time, Rangers head coach Gerrard Gallant was in a shouting match with former Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo. The two could be seen chirping back and forth as the scrum on the ice was being broken up. On several video outlets, Gallant was seen saying “shut the f–k up” to DeAngelo and showing him the chirp sign.
Turk, as Gallant is affectionately known, was not happy with the game-ending cheap shot and let the Hurricanes know that the Blueshirts were not afraid to engage in the same style of hockey if needed.
“I wasn’t happy with the bullshit at the end of the game they initiated,” Gallant explained. “We didn’t do that when the games were close. They want to put their guys on that’s fine. If they want to play like that we’ve got the guys that can match that.
The company line for the Hurricanes following the Max Domi-induced fisticuffs at the end of Game 3 has been to scoff at the Rangers’ reaction to the situation.
“That was literally a nothing play,” Domi told The Post on Tuesday morning, regarding his cross-check on Ryan Lindgren that sent sparks flying. “Not sure what the big overreaction is. A little cross-check isn’t a big deal.”
Rangers coach Gerard Gallant was visibly upset after the game, getting caught on camera cursing at Carolina defensemen Tony DeAngelo and using his postgame press conference to call out the Hurricanes’ handling of the end of the game, which the Rangers won 3-1.
“Domi took a cheap shot at our defenseman,” Gallant said. “You got a long memory. You think about things, like I said, [the shoe] might be on the other foot someday.”
Lindgren has been playing through injury this postseason, visibly struggling at times and taking a puck to the face at one point during Game 2 to add to his troubles. That, doubtless, has added fuel to the Rangers’ feeling about the situation.
“Hey, they can do whatever they want,” Domi said. “We’re just worried about winning. One thing — and that’s trying to win that game tonight. So to me that’s all noise, all distraction. Just get ready to go tonight and try to take care of business.”
Domi had little interest in fanning the flames. While the Rangers are happy to admit the series has gotten nastier — and maybe even say they like it that way — Domi said he doesn’t see much of a difference between Game 1, which saw just one penalty called on each team, and now.
Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour seemed to find the Rangers’ reaction to what happened at the end of Sunday’s Game 3 a bit over the top.
“I didn’t listen to any of that stuff,” Brind’Amour said when comments from the Rangers were relayed to him on Monday. “I don’t know what he’s talking about. It’s not like we have guys that send messages.”
Of course, that was not how coach Gerard Gallant and the rest of the Rangers took it when Max Domi cross-checked Ryan Lindgren after Sunday’s game ended. The ensuing scrum, along with some antics on the part of defenseman Tony DeAngelo, had Gallant fuming following the game, when he said Carolina initiated “bulls–t at the end of the game” and made a not so thinly veiled reference to Ryan Reaves getting back at the Hurricanes.
Though Gallant was more calm about the situation Monday, Reaves leaned into it, saying he hoped the intensity carries into Game 6 and he plans to “go run some people and get in their face.”
“I would hope,” Brind’Amour said to that notion. “I don’t know what he’s waiting for. Everybody’s gonna do what they do this time of year.
He added, sarcastically: “And I’m hoping [Andrei Svechnikov] scores goals. You gotta do what you do this time of year, otherwise what good are you? You gotta contribute and do what you’re supposed to do. I would expect nothing less.”
Besides a scoring chance he couldn’t convert in the opener, Reaves has had a mostly quiet series. That figures to change now as the Rangers go into Game 6 with a response on their minds.
The Hurricanes, though, are downplaying the situation altogether. I don’t know what message we were just sending, I think we were just playing until the final buzzer,” Seth Jarvis said. “Obviously stuff got a little out of hand, but it’s playoff hockey, it’s a series.”
Whether the Hurricanes like it or not, though, the series has turned a corner. After starting out with a tightly played, clean game from both teams, the physical side of things is now front and center.
“It’s playoffs. It’s pretty normal to get hit or make a hit,” Sebastian Aho said. “It’s intense and fast and it’s a battle out there. It’s nothing new there. I’m not surprised if I get hit in a playoff game. Obviously gotta be ready for it, but like I said, it’s a battle out there.”
The New York Rangers look for back-to-back wins when they host the Carolina Hurricanes for Game 6 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, May 28 (5/28/2022) at 7 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN, and can be streamed live on fuboTV, Sling and more live TV services.
New York is on the board with a win after their 3-1 victory at the Garden on Sunday. The Rangers had fallen behind 0-2 when the series began in Raleigh. New York scored once in each period off Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Tyler Motte.
There’s bad blood headed into Game 6 after Carolina forward Max Domi cross-checked Ryan Lindgren in New York’s zone just as the buzzer sounded. Lindgren responded with a slash that brought both teams to the ice as the two players fought.
Of all places, Madison Square Garden is probably the least preferable location for the Carolina Hurricanes to break their road-game hex during these playoffs. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that the Canes had a winless streak in Manhattan that stretched for more than nine years.
But if the Hurricanes are going to make a run to the Stanley Cup, at some point they’re going to win a game in enemy territory. If they can do it tonight, they’ll return to Raleigh on Thursday with a chance to close out the series. Why not make this their final trip to New York this season?
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.
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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. erwt43234rer