The New York Rangers won three consecutive games to advance from the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins and now will visit the Carolina hurricanes to open up the second round series in the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on May 18, 2022.
- Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers
- NHL – Eastern Conference Playoffs, Round 2, Game 1
- Date – 18/5/2022
- Starting time – 7 PM ET
- Venue: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Carolina Hurricanes Stats & Form
The Carolina Hurricanes has a fantastic regular season finishing with 116 points finished second in the East. The only reason why they didn’t finish on top is the fact that the Florida Panthers had a historically good season.
The Hurricanes had a tough series in the playoff opener needing seven games against the Boston Bruins to advance.
They are the best defensive team in the league allowing only 2.4 goals per game on a league-low 28.2 shots on goal per game and 88% of penalty-kill.
The Hurricanes have been struggling to get much going with their power play for more than six weeks. Carolina is 9 of 80 (11.3%) through its last 24 games dating to late March.
Carolina Hurricanes News
Frederik Andersen will not play for Carolina tonight while Jordan Martinook is questionable.
New York Rangers Stats & Form
The New York Rangers are having their best season in recent years. First, they finished fourth in the Eastern Conference. Then, they won the opening round Playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins after being 3-1 down.
New York’s Igor Shesterkin is a finalist for both the Vezina Trophy for the league’s top goalie and Hart Trophy for the most valuable player after a season in which he was 36-13-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .935 save percentage, both league bests.
He had 79 saves – the second-most in NHL history – in a triple-overtime Game 1 loss to Pittsburgh. He was torched for 10 goals over three periods in Games 3 and 4 before bouncing back to win the last three games with a 2.93 GAA and .917 save percentage.
New York Rangers News
Barclay Goodrow and Samuel Blais will not play for the Rangers.
Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers Head-to-Head Stats
Carolina has won 6 of the last 10 games against the Rangers including 3 of 4 in the 2021-22 regular season.
Three of the last five games between these two have ended with over 5.5 goals.
Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers Betting Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes are slight favourites coming into this game with -105 odds to win while the Bruins are at 2019 and 342 odds are set for a draw.
The total goal margin is 5.5 with -123 for over and 100 for under.
The New York Rangers were able to make the historic 3-1 comeback in the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins and now will turn their attention over to the Carolina Hurricanes. These two are Metropolitan Division rivals with the Canes being the team with the crown for the 2022 season. Both teams are also coming off a hard-fought series, with Carolina needing seven games to take care of the Boston Bruins in the first round.
It would appear that the Rangers have the significant goalie advantage on paper, with the Canes on their backup goalie and Igor Shesterkin being the Vezina trophy favourite, but he battled inconsistencies in the first round against the Penguins. The Hurricanes dominated the regular season matchup, winning 3 of the 4 meetings and outscoring New York 16-8 in the process. Both teams are among the best defensive teams in the league and this series will start slow with a low-scoring game that will end under 5.5 goals.