A Game 7 is the best thing that a sports fan could ask for and tonight’s game should not disappoint.
The home team has won every single game in this series, but you know what they say, anything can happen in a Game 7. I expect both goalies to be at their best and it is going to be very interesting to see who the hero is.
See who has the betting edge in our NHL picks and predictions for Rangers vs. Hurricanes on Monday, May 30.
Rangers vs Hurricanes Game 7 odds
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The Rangers opened up as +130 road underdogs, but the line moved slightly and they are now +120. The total opened at 5 and hasn’t had any movement by this writing.
Rangers vs Hurricanes Game 7 predictions
Predictions made on 5/30/2022 at 10:30 a.m. ET.
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Rangers vs Hurricanes Game 7 info
• Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
• Date: Monday, May 30, 2022
• Puck drop: 8:00 p.m. ET
• TV: ESPN
Rangers vs Hurricanes series odds
Rangers vs Hurricanes Game 7 betting preview
Rangers: Sammy Blais F (Out).
Hurricanes: Frederik Andersen G (Out).
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Rangers vs Hurricanes head-to-head record in this series
Rangers: 3-2-1 SU, 14 goals for.
Hurricanes: 3-3-0 SU, 11 goals for.
Betting trend to know
The Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams. Find more NHL betting trends for Rangers vs. Hurricanes.
Rangers vs Hurricanes Game 7 picks and predictions
Our side and total predictions are based upon our analysis of the line and total in this game. Our best bet is our favorite pick across all markets.
I don’t think anyone can figure out why the Carolina Hurricanes have been a completely different team on home ice as opposed to the road, but nobody has been able to beat them in Raleigh to this point.
Rod Brind‘Amour has done a fantastic job coaching this team and Gerard Gallant is going to need to adjust his lineup in order to find some success at PNC Arena.
One area where the Rangers have the advantage over Carolina is special teams. The Rangers power play is clicking right now as they have scored at least one goal with the man advantage in four straight games in this series. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have only scored once on the power play in the entire series.
The goaltenders have both been stellar throughout the first six games, but there is no denying the fact that Antti Raanta has been much better on home ice than he has been on the road. Igor Shesterkin has been very consistent in the blue paint for the Rangers and he might need to be at his absolute peak if New York hopes to advance tonight.
We saw Shesterkin steal games all year long for the Rangers and he has yet to do so in this series. I have a strong feeling that tonight will be a game from Shesterkin that people will talk about for a long time.
With all of the pressure being on the Hurricanes, the Rangers pull it off thanks to its superior play on special teams.
Prediction: Rangers ML (+120 at DraftKings)
Other than Game 6, the Under has hit in every single game of this series, and there has been far less goal-scoring in Carolina compared to New York.
Raanta’s numbers at home this postseason have been out of this world. He owns a .965 save percentage and a 0.97 goals-against average on home ice in seven starts.
Shesterkin’s numbers have gotten so much better from the first round to the second round as he is now skating to a .926 SV% and a 2.74 GAA.
The Hurricanes have been such a strong defensive team on home ice all season long and I don’t expect that to be any different tonight. In the playoffs, they are only allowing 10.29 high-danger chances and are only expected to allow 2.92 goals.
In the last meeting in Carolina, the Rangers struggled to generate offense as they only had 15 chances and had 0.88 expected goals for. The Hurricanes were the much better team in that game as they had 32 chances and had 3.38 expected goals.
Even when the ‘Canes are at their best, Shesterkin has mostly been able to weather the storm. I think the ‘Canes will be the better team once again — well, everywhere except the scoreboard — but Shesterkin will ultimately overcome everything that they throw at him.
And as such, I love the Under.
Prediction: Under 5 (+120 at DraftKings)
The Rangers showed in Games 1 and 2 that they are capable of outplaying the Hurricanes in their own building. The Hurricanes are, without a doubt, going to dictate the pace of this game, but we have seen them get frustrated when they haven’t been able to solve Shesterkin.
There is no denying that Carolina does a fantastic job at limiting the Rangers offense, so I do think that this game will ultimately come down to special teams. The Rangers have been the better team on the man advantage and combining excellent special teams with brick-wall goaltending goes a long way to establishing postseason success.
This game could easily be scoreless until the third period since both teams will play very carefully in order to limit their mistakes. I love the Under.
Pick: Under 5 (+120 at DraftKings)
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