New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game Preview

Two teams that each played last night, the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes face off at PNC Arena in a Metropolitan Division showdown. MSG2 will broadcast the game, which gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 31

New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes Odds

The Hurricanes are 35-43 straight up (SU) and have lost 15.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. That early-season winning percentage hasn’t moved much from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (36-46). Of the teams 78 regular season contests, 39 have gone under the total, while 36 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 18-21 SU at home this year

Carolina’s converted on 18.9 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 25th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.5 percent of all penalties

As a team, Carolina has been penalized just 2.8 times per game overall this season, 2.8 per game over its last five contests total, and 2.6 per game over its last five at home. The teams had to kill penalties for just 5.6 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, in total

Averaging 25.0 saves per game with a .905 save percentage, Cam Ward (22-19-4) has been the primary option in goal for the Hurricanes this season. If head coach Bill Peters chooses to give him the evening off, however, the team could turn to Scott Darling (13-28-28 record, .887 save percentage, 3.15 goals against average)

The Canes will continue to lean on the leadership from Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen. Aho (64 points) has put up 28 goals and 36 assists and has recorded multiple points on 16 separate occasions this year. Teravainen has 23 goals and 39 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 40 games

New York is 33-45 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. A total of 41 of its outings have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just four have pushed. New York’s 12-25 SU as the visiting team this season

New York has converted on 21.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully defended 82.2 percent of all opponent power plays

New York’s players have been penalized 3.5 times per game this season, 4.0 per game over their past five contests total, and 3.6 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings

Henrik Lundqvist (29.1 saves per game) has been the main choice in the net for New York. Lundqvist owns a 25-35-7 record, while registering a .915 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average this year

For the visiting Rangers, the offense will be facilitated by Mats Zuccarello (16 goals, 36 assists) and Mika Zibanejad (27 goals, 20 assists)

New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • New York is 3-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while Carolina is 3-3 in shootouts
  • The over has hit in four of Carolina’s last five games
  • The Hurricanes have averaged the leagues fifth-most shots on goal (33.9) while the Rangers have attempted just the 21st-most (33.9).