Rangers vs. Hurricanes NHL Pick – Wednesday, May 18th, 2022
The top two teams in the Metropolitan Division will face off in the second round of the NHL playoffs. The Carolina Hurricanes will host Game 1 as they take on the New York Rangers.
Both teams won their first-round series in seven games, but New York had to overcome a 3-1 series deficit. They’d love to start the second round on a high note.
Carolina hasn’t lost a home game in the postseason. With that in mind, let’s check out the odds for Game 1 of this playoff series.
Rangers vs. Hurricanes Odds for May 18th
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|Bovada||(+135)||(-160)||50% up to $250||Visit Bovada|
|BetOnline||(+147)||(-163)||100% up to $1,000||Visit BetOnline|
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The Carolina Hurricanes head into Game 1 as the favorite. That shouldn’t surprise anyone, as Carolina is 4-0 at home in the playoffs. They’ve covered the spread in all four games.
The New York Rangers covered the spread in three straight games to advance to the second round. This is the first time in the postseason the Rangers aren’t the favorite. BetOnline gives you the best value for wagering on New York.
NHL betting sites have the goal total at 5.5, with the over being the favorite. Carolina and New York combined to go over the goal total in 12 of 14 playoff games.
Both teams could have an injured player back in the lineup for this series. Rangers center Barclay Goodrow and Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen won’t play in Game 1, but they could return for this series.
Now it’s time to analyze Wednesday’s Game 1 matchup.
Rangers vs. Hurricanes Analysis
The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes took a different path to the second round of the playoffs. Carolina had a traditional back-and-forth series with the Boston Bruins. The home team won all seven games.
Meanwhile, the Rangers overcame a 3-1 series deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was impressive to see them overcome the deficit, but is there concern with goalie Igor Shesterkin?
Shesterkin was arguably the best goalie during the regular season, but his numbers took a nosedive against Pittsburgh.
- 3.66 goals-against average
- .910 save percentage
It was so bad that the Rangers pulled Shesterkin in Games 3 and 4. My latest 2022 Stanley Cup odds had the Rangers as a sleeper because of the top goaltender. He’ll need to turn things around if New York wants to win Game 1.
It’s hard to judge the Hurricanes because they’ve looked like two different teams at home and on the road. They’ll be at home in Game 1, so we should see the good side of their team. They scored five goals in three of their four home games in the first round.
The Hurricanes used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Bruins. They didn’t have a standout player, but the offensive numbers tell us defenseman Jaccob Slavin has been their best player.
- 2 goals
- 6 assists
- 8 points
Slavin leads the team with a +10 rating in the postseason. His eight points match Tony DeAngelo for the team lead. Can he keep it up against the Rangers?
The Hurricanes won the season series against the Rangers. Shesterkin had a shutout in New York’s lone victory, but he allowed 3+ goals in the other three matchups. His performance should determine the winner of Game 1.
Rangers vs. Hurricanes Same Game Parlay
- Adam Fox Over 0.5 Points (-138)
- Chris Kreider to Score a Goal (+160)
- Teuvo Teravainen Over 0.5 Points (-130)
It’s not often I take the over on each prop in my same game parlay, but the odds were in our favor. Bettors can earn nearly $700 on a $100 bet for this parlay.
The New York Rangers had a tough first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but their offense woke up with a boost from Adam Fox. Fox was a factor all series, recording one point in New York’s first five games.
Facing elimination on the road, Fox had four assists to lead the Rangers to a 5-3 victory. He recorded an assist on New York’s game-winning overtime goal in Game 7. Fox should extend his point streak in Game 1 of this series.
Chris Kreider became the fourth Rangers player to have a 50-goal season. A big reason for that is his success against the Carolina Hurricanes.
- January 21: 1 goal
- March 20: 1 goal
- April 12: 1 goal
- April 26: 1 goal
Kreider recorded a goal in every matchup against the Hurricanes this season. He recorded three goals in the final two games of New York’s first-round series. He should continue his hot streak against Carolina.
Do you remember I mentioned Carolina has been a better team at home? Well, that applies to Teuvo Teravainen. Teravainen has seven points in four home playoff games. He had a goal and assist in Game 7.
Teravainen recorded a point in three of his four matchups against the Rangers in the regular season. He presents the best value to record a point among Hurricanes players. Can he come through on our same game parlay?
Rangers vs. Hurricanes Pick
Hurricanes to Win-160
Both teams head into Game 1 with plenty of momentum. We should see a competitive series, and I like the Carolina Hurricanes to score a Game 1 victory.
Carolina has been a different team at home. Their offense is firing on all cylinders, while Antti Raanta has done an admirable job in net. Considering Igor Shesterkin’s struggles, Carolina might have the upper hand in the goaltending matchup.
Fans can watch Game 1 of this series Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Please visit Bovada to wager on this matchup.