The Carolina Hurricanes (20-13-4) travel to face off against the New York Rangers (25-9-1) on Tuesday, January 2nd. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers
The Carolina Hurricanes Are Coming Off A Win
Facing the Rangers, the Hurricanes have a record of 20-13-4 so far. At home, their record is 10-3-3 and 10-10-1 on the road. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 4th in the Eastern conference. Carolina has 12 wins by more than one goals and dropped eight games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 13-24 this season.
In their most recent matchup, the Hurricanes played against the Maple Leafs and won with a score of 3-2. Against the Maple Leafs, Hurricanes’ offense was able to score in all three periods. Of Carolina’s three goals, two were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 28 shots on goal and six giveaways.
Despite the straight-up win, Carolina did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 5 goals.
The New York Rangers Are Coming Off A Win
In their 35 games, the Rangers have a 25-9-1 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 12-4-0 record, and their record on the road is 13-5-1. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 1st, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 1st. Looking at New York’s average scoring margin, it is +.7, which has led to a puck line record of 18-17. When playing at home, their scoring margin is +.8, and on the road, it is +.7.
The Rangers most recently took on the Lightning and secured a win with a score of 5-1. Offensively, the Rangers’ offense scored in each period against the Lightning. Of New York’s five goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 21 shots on goal and six giveaways.
Despite being the underdog, New York managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. The game concluded with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.
Carolina Offense Breakdown
The Hurricanes come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 7th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 1st in the league. Carolina’s offense comes into the game ranked 2nd in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 6th in the NHL.
This season, the Hurricanes have an over/under record of 18-18-1. Throughout the season, they have played 19 games that went over the 6 over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is 6.5 per game.
New York Offense Breakdown
The Rangers come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 11th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 21st in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Rangers offense is 3rd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 19th in the NHL.
For the season, the over/under record of the Rangers’ stands at 17-15-3. They have had 16 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Carolina Team Defense
The Hurricanes defense is currently 31st in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 25.7 shots per game against Carolina. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 12th with 2 shutouts.
New York Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 16th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Hurricanes vs Rangers Trends
- Although Carolina has a straight up record of 4-1 in their last five road games, they have not held up as well vs. the puck line going 2-3. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, New York has an puck line record of 6-4 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 6-4 overall in these games.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Rangers have gone 7-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 5-5.
- In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Hurricanes have a strong straight up record of 3-0. In addition, their puck line record was 2-1 in these scenarios.
When making a moneyline pick, my choice is the Hurricanes to come out with a win against the Rangers while playing on the road. Considering the moneyline odds at +101, I’m placing my bet on the Hurricanes to win outright.
Our projections have the Hurricanes pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Hurricanes, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.
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