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The Eastern Conference Semifinals will pick back up on Saturday night for Game 6 when the visiting Carolina Hurricanes clash with the New York Rangers. Coverage on ESPN will begin at 8 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden.
In Game 5, the host Hurricanes beat the Rangers 3-1 to move within one victory of facing the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals. Vincent Trocheck converted a short-handed goal and Teuvo Teravainen scored a power-play goal for the Hurricanes.
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Andrei Svechnikov added a backhanded goal as well for the Hurricanes during the middle of the third period to pad the lead.
Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta made 16 saves during the victory. Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for the Rangers on a power play in the first period. Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves. A goal from Ryan Strome that would’ve given the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the second period was wiped away due to Andrew Copp being across the blue line.
Heading into the contest, the Hurricanes were an abysmal 9-for-89 (10.1 percent) on the power play dating back to late March, according to The Associated Press. Teravainen’s power-play goal was the Hurricanes’ first goal with a man advantage since the closing minutes of a Game 6 first round victory vs. the Boston Bruins.
This is the first time since 1992 that the Hurricanes have had two short-handed goals in the same postseason series, according to The Associated Press. Defenseman Brendan Smith scored the other short-handed goal in Game 2.
The Hurricanes are 7-0 at home in the postseason. They tied for first in the league in road wins during the regular season but have gone 0-5 away from PNC Arena during the playoffs.
The Rangers previously rallied from down 3-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. The Rangers were down 0-2 in this series before winning its pair of home games.
Despite the loss in Game 5, the Rangers are favored by 1.5 goals against the Hurricanes in Game 6. The favorite is 10-2 in the last 12 matchups between the Rangers and Hurricanes. The Rangers are 37-19 in their last 56 contests vs. the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are 13-5 overall in their last 18 games.
The over/under is set for 5.5 goals, the same amount as it was for Game 5 when it went UNDER. Overall, all five contests in this series went UNDER. During each game of the series, no team has scored more than four goals and the loser hasn’t scored more than a goal. As the pressure mounts on each side, count on the goalies to hold serve and the UNDER to continue.
Carolina captured its lone Stanley Cup in the 2005-06 season. The Rangers have four Stanley Cups, the most recent back in 1993-94.
If the Rangers stay alive with a victory, the Hurricanes will enter with the NHL’s longest active winning streak (6) in Game 7s. The Rangers will cover the spread but the Hurricanes will narrowly escape with a road victory to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.