Last Updated May 21, 2022, 8:47 PM

New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Picks, Predictions, Odds

The New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes meet at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday night for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, a best-of-seven series. The Hurricanes lead the series 1-0. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on ESPN.

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Score Prediction

Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2

Best Bet

Rangers +1.5 (-179)
Under 5.5 (+100)

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The Rangers got off to a very good start in Game 1 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, as Filip Chytil notched an even-strength goal with a helper to Alexis Lafreniere, and New York quieted the raucous and unhospitable crowd. Igor Shesterkin shut down the Hurricanes, and there wasn't another goal until 2:23 to go in regulation. That's when Sebastian Aho electrified the crowd, hitting the pad of Shesterkin before following up his own shot for the game-tying goal. Seth Jarvis, the youngest remaining player in the playoffs, and Teuvo Teravainen chipped in with assists, as Carolina forced overtime.

New York outshot Carolina 12-8 in the first period, and 11-6 in the second period, but it was all Hurricanes in the third, outshooting the Rangers 10-4. In overtime, it was short and sweet, as Ian Cole beat Shesterkin, with helpers to former Rangers rearguard Brendan Smith and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Carolina was outplayed for most of the game, but found a way to win, and Antti Raanta was absolutely spectacular. He stopped all but one of the 28 shots he faced, as he continues to look like a stud.

It was a cleanly played Game 1, too, with just one minor penalty to each side in the opening 1:53, and no penalties after that, as referees Frederick L'Ecuyer and Dan O'Rourke swallowed their whistles, much to the satisfaction of hockey fans everywhere.


Rangers +155
Hurricanes -189
Rangers +1.5 (-179)
Hurricanes -1.5 (+155)
Over 5.5 (-120)
Under 5.5 (+100)

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  • Date: Friday, May 20, 2022
  • Matchup: Metropolitan vs. Metropolitan
  • Venue: PNC Arena
  • Location: Raleigh, N.C.
  • TV-Time: ESPN, 8 p.m. ET


Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 56-27-7
  • ATS: 45-45
  • O/U: 39-48-3

The Rangers are now 1-3 in four road games in the postseason, with New York getting outscored 19-12 in those outings. The past two games, and three of eight overall, have been decided in overtime, too, with the Rangers on the short end of two of those contests.

New York is now 9-5 in the past 14 games on the road, while going just 15-37 in the previous 52 playoff contests as an underdog, too. While the Rangers are still 35-17 in the previous 52 meetings with the Hurricanes, the Game 1 loss might hurt the most, as they had it for most of the night. However, New York seemed to play to not lose, not play to win.

The UNDER snapped a 7-0 OVER run for the Blueshirts. However, the UNDER is 5-1-1 in the past seven playoff games as an underdog, while cashing in six of the previous eight meetings with the Hurricanes in Raleigh.


Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 59-23-8
  • ATS: 44-46
  • O/U: 42-43-5

The Hurricanes opened with four straight home playoff victories against the Bruins in the first round. That unblemished home record looked to be in serious jeopardy until Aho saved the day with his equalizer late in the third period. They're now 5-0 in five postseason home games this season, and 6-0 in the past six games in the Conference Semifinals overall. In addition, Carolina is 26-8 in the past 34 playoff games when favored.

Carolina has won 11 of the past 14 games overall, while cashing in 43 of the previous 59 home games at PNC Arena. In addition, the Hurricanes are an impressive 51-19 in the past 70 games as a favorite, which is a winning percentage of .729.

On totals, the Hurricanes had a rare UNDER result, as the OVER had been 8-1-1 in the previous 10 games, including 5-1-1 in the seven-game series with the B's. The UNDER is 6-2 in the past eight meetings at PNC Arena against the Rangers, and that's no surprise with hot goaltenders like Shesterkin on the other end, and Raanta in the blue ice for the Canes lately.

The Canes will look to push the Rangers around more in Game 2. (Getty Images)


The Rangers have to be scratching their heads, wondering what could have been. New York led the game for 50:30, and never trailed in the game until Cole's overtime winner at 3:12 of the extra session. However, New York is down 1-0 in this series, and they played a pretty good road playoff game. A loss is a loss, and they will be back at it in this one looking to square the series, trying to seize home-ice advantage from their Metropolitan Division rivals.

However, the Hurricanes were able to win despite not playing their best game. You know head coach Rod Brind'Amour will make plenty of adjustments, and the Hurricanes will come out with more jump in Game 2. The good news is that the Canes didn't take a lot of stupid penalties, which is what kept the Bruins in a lot of the games. In fact, Nino Niederreiter took a high-sticking penalty just 86 seconds into the game, but the power play lasted just 27 seconds before Ryan Strome was whistled for tripping. That was it. That was the only infraction for the Canes, or either side. Carolina needs to keep up that good behavior into Game 2.

I think Carolina didn't play terribly well and still found a way to win. Look for RBA to light a fire under guys like Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen, and for Carolina to have a little more offense and urgency from the jump.


  • Rangers are 9-5 in the past 14 road games.
  • Rangers are 15-37 in the past 52 playoff games as a 'dog.
  • Hurricanes are 11-3 in the past 14 games overall.
  • Hurricanes are 43-16 in the past 59 home games.
  • Hurricanes are 51-19 in the past 70 games as a favorite.
  • Hurricanes are 26-8 in the past 34 playoff games as a fave.
  • Hurricanes are 6-0 in the past six Conference Semifinal games.
  • OVER is 7-1 in the past eight games overall for the Rangers.
  • UNDER is 5-1-1 in the past seven playoff games as a 'dog for the Rangers.
  • OVER is 8-2-1 in the past 11 games overall for the Hurricanes.
  • OVER is 5-2 in the past seven as a favorite for the Hurricanes.
  • Rangers are 35-17 in the past 52 meetings.
  • Favorite is 6-2 in the past eight meetings.
  • UNDER is 6-2 in the past eight meetings in Raleigh.
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