New York Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin blocks a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, April 23, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
The Carolina Hurricanes visit the New York Rangers on Tuesday, April 26th
The Hurricanes can clinch first place in the Metropolitan Division with a win
Read below for Hurricanes vs Rangers odds, picks and prediction
You can’t ask for a bigger game than this in the final week of the season as the Hurricanes visit the Rangers on Tuesday, April 26th with first place in the Metropolitan Division there for the taking for Carolina. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm ET from Madison Square Garden.
With home ice advantage, the Rangers are -125 moneyline favorites against a Hurricanes team that’s won four straight.
Let’s check out all the Hurricanes vs Rangers odds and the NHL betting line for this game.
Hurricanes vs Rangers Odds
Tuesday, April 26th
O 5.5 (-115)
7:00 pm ET
New York Rangers
U 5.5 (-106)
Odds as of April 25th at Barstool Sportsbook.
It’s expected to be a close, tight-checking contest with so much at stake in this contest. With moneyline odds of -125 the Rangers have an implied win probability of 55.56%, while the Hurricanes at +104 have a probability of just under 50% to win this game at 49.02%.
Rangers’ Favored in Tuesday NHL Lines
If the Rangers are to have any shot of taking first place in the Metro, then this is a must win. The Blueshirts come into this contest four points back of the Canes, but do have a game in hand.
New York has performed admirably all season when they’ve been the NHL betting favorite on the moneyline, winning 41 of 54 such games, which is 75.9% of the time. Low scoring games have been the hallmark of this Rangers team this year, with Igor Shesterkin basically a lock in the Vezina Trophy odds at this point.
I’ve been doing my annual rounds with GMs and execs, picking up their thoughts on NHL awards. And this much I’ve learned: Virtually every GM seems to be voting Igor Shesterkin for the Vezina Trophy. The Rangers goalie should win in a romp.
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) April 25, 2022
They’re coming off a 3-1 loss to the Bruins and have gone under the total in four of their last five games. Practically all season long, the Rangers have provided the best return on investment of any team in the league when you bet them to go under, with a return of 17.05%.
51 for KREIDER from his office! pic.twitter.com/AyWuD0n2Dy
— x – Rangers on MSG (@RangersMSGN) April 22, 2022
Over 20% of their goals this campaign have come courtesy of Chris Kreider, who surprisingly stuck around as a legitimate contender in the Rocket Richard odds into the final month of this season. With 51 markers, he is just three off tying Jaromir Jagr for the single season franchise record.
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Hurricanes’ Defense Best in NHL This Season
While the Rangers and Shesterkin have garnered a ton of attention for keeping pucks out of the net this year, it’s the Hurricanes who rank number one in the league in goals against per game at 2.4. That stifling play is part of the reason why they sit sixth in the Stanley Cup odds at +1200.
Thinking about this weekend pic.twitter.com/1N4hcKj1Q2
— x-Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) April 25, 2022
Number-one netminder Frederick Andersen is likely out until the first round of the playoffs with a lower body injury, but without him, the Hurricanes have picked up their play and seem to be extra motivated.
They’ve won four in row since Andersen went down in a 7-4 loss to Colorado, although their opposition hasn’t exactly been the cream of the crop during that time, with all four teams they faced out of the playoff hunt.
You can bet the Hurricanes were holding their collective breath when their backup goalie, Antti Raanta left Sunday’s win over the Islanders with an injury and they were forced to put in third stringer, Pyotr Kochetkov. However, the team can breathe a sigh of relief as he is expected to dress against the Rangers.
GOOD NEWS: Not only is Antti Raanta expected to play back up tomorrow, but sources say they are optimistic that Freddie Andersen will return for the playoffs. https://t.co/TEWl5c35ac
— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) April 25, 2022
It is a bit odd that Raanta is expected to be the backup for such a huge game though, leaving some to wonder whether he actually is healthy enough to play.
Hurricanes vs Rangers Recent Results
NYR 2 – CAR 4
CAR 0 – NYR 2
CAR 6 – NYR 3
NYR 1 – CAR 4
CAR 4 – NYR 1
The NHL betting favorite has won five of the last six meetings between these two teams.
Hurricanes vs Rangers Pick & Prediction
Madison Square Garden has not been kind to the Hurricanes as they are just 6-21 in their last 27 meetings against the Rangers in New York. There is no doubt the Rangers need to win this game more and should be more desperate as they will lose any chance of first place in the division with a loss.
With a relative unknown expected to start between the pipes for Carolina in Kochetkov, expect the Hurricanes to try and open things up early and provide their raw rookie some early run support. Although these are the two best defensive teams in the league, they have gone over the total in two of three meetings this season.
“What’re you gonna do? Cry over it? We just gotta keep moving forward.”
The Hurricanes lost another goalie, this time Antti Raanta, to injury, but Max Domi’s third period goal helped Pyotr Kochetkov win his second NHL game in as many days.https://t.co/XguBcQFgVI
— Cory Lavalette (@corylav) April 24, 2022
Considering the goaltending issues facing Carolina and that they are likely to start Kochetkov, the over seems like the right play in the Tuesday NHL odds, regardless of the defensive prowess of these two squads.
The NHL prediction here is to take over 5.5 goals with odds of -115 at Barstool Sportsbook.
Pick: Over 5.5 (-115)