Round two get underway for these teams tonight as the Carolina Hurricanes will have home-ice advantage against the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes have yet to lose a home game after defeating the Bruins in seven games from round one. The Rangers came back from a 3-1 deficit to the Penguins and ended up winning that series. Who’s going to come out on top in this one? It’s time to continue our NHL odds series with a Rangers-Hurricanes prediction and pick.

Here are the Rangers-Hurricanes NHL Odds, Courtesy of FanDuel

NHL Odds: Rangers-Hurricanes Odds

New York Rangers: +1.5 (-192) (+132 ML)

Carolina Hurricanes: -1.5 (+158) (-160 ML)

Over: 6 (-102)

Under: 6 (-120)

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Why The Rangers Can Cover The Spread/Win

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The New York Rangers are simply relying on goaltender Igor Shesterkin. He’s the heart and soul of this team and he singlehandedly keeps the Rangers in games. He wasn’t great in the first round against the Penguins as he was replaced on two separate occasions, but he still kept the Rangers in some games and helped them win the series after being down 3-1. Of course, the main story with the Rangers is Shesterkin, and because of that, their defensive plays go unnoticed at times.

The Rangers don’t give up very many shots throughout their games and the defensemen are always in the right spot at the right time. Their offense has its moments here and there, but sometimes it seems almost nonexistent. Shesterkin is going to have to rely on the team in front of him tonight if they want to get a win on the road to start the series off on the right foot.

Why The Hurricanes Can Cover The Spread/Win

The Carolina Hurricanes have yet to lose on home ice so far in these playoffs after winning game seven at home against the Bruins. They’ll look to continue that trend tonight in game one as the Hurricanes might be looking even better if goaltender Freddy Andersen can make it back on the ice. He’s been out with a lower-body injury since mid-April, but his backup, Antti Raanta, has been playing quite well so far, putting up a .927 save percentage in the playoffs this year. Somehow, the Canes just keep getting it done as they’re often overlooked in so many ways. They don’t have that one or two superstar talent players that most teams have, but they’re still finding ways to score and squeak out victories, especially at home. They want to get a win tonight and keep their home hot streak going.

Final Rangers-Hurricanes Prediction & Pick

Hot take alert: I don’t like the Hurricanes. And yes, they keep proving me wrong, but for some reason, I just can’t jump on board with them. They’re just one of those teams where unless you’re a big hockey fan and follow it very well, you couldn’t name four players on that team. But they still somehow find ways to win, all the way into the first seed in the division, but I’m still not convinced. If they win this series, which I ultimately think they easily will, maybe I’ll have a change of heart. They just fly so far under the radar that people forget that they’re good, myself included. The Rangers are relying on Shesterkin to keep them in just about every game, so unless they can figure out how to score goals consistently, they’re also in trouble.

Despite everything I just stated, I think the Hurricanes are going to win not just this game, but also the series in, let’s say five or six games. The odds aren’t great, so I’m going to sweeten them by taking the Canes to win in regulation tonight. They’ve yet to lose at home and I’ll continue to ride that trend until proven otherwise.

Final Rangers-Hurricanes Prediction and Pick: Hurricanes in Regulation (-105)