NHL Hockey Betting: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes

NHL Hockey Betting:  New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes

The New York Rangers are off to an excellent start in the 2016-2017 NHL hockey season. The Carolina Hurricanes aren’t. The two teams will face each other in Raleigh, NC on Friday night. The Rangers play five of their six games after this one at home against some tough opponents–they’ll welcome Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver to Madison Square Garden between now and the 8th of November. They’ll also make a quick trip up to Boston for a game against the Bruins on 11/5 for their only road action during this stretch. New York is 5-2-0 and in second place in the Metropolitan Division one point behind the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Carolina Hurricanes are off to a dismal start with a record of 1-3-2 and they’re at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. Their only win of the year came on 10/20/16 at Calgary. The Hurricanes have been mediocre on offense and their goals per game number is right in the middle of the pack. They’ve been awful on defense, however, and are one of three teams allowing 4 or more goals per game which ranks them in #28th place on the scoring defense table. Oddly enough, they’ve done a decent job in limiting opponents shots and rank #7 in shots against which obviously is an indictment of their goaltending. They’ve done a decent job on special teams with the #5 penalty kill and #8 power play.

The Rangers have won three straight and although there is some concern about a lookahead going into the brutal scheduling stretch we mentioned above they’re a drastically better team than the Hurricanes. Henrik Lundqvist has been confirmed as the Rangers’ starting goaltender for this game. Cam Ward is ‘penciled in’ for Carolina though there’s been no confirmation on that. Not only is New York is much better form now they’ve dominated the Hurricanes in head to head play during recent years. The Rangers have won 8 of the last 9 games head to head including 3 of 4 on the Hurricanes’ home ice. Rangers will be without Chris Kreider for the indefinite future but they’re the play here.