Throughout the course of the NHL regular season, teams play hard to secure a playoff spot, but perhaps more specifically, they try to get in a position that will guarantee home ice advantage as often as possible during the playoffs. Sometimes, once the postseason begins, home ice advantage goes out the window, but there are also plenty of times where it very much comes into play. The Rangers and Hurricanes are heading to Game 5 tied at 2-2, with every game in the series to this point going the way of the home team. This series is now down to a best-of-3 and is now heading back to Carolina for Game 5. The Hurricanes are favored to win this game, with the goal total set at 5 ½. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they stack up against each other so you can continue betting against the NHL Playoffs Odds.
NHL Playoffs Game 5 Betting Analysis: NY Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Preview
Rangers at Hurricanes Game 5 Info
- When: Thursday, May 26 at 7 PM EST
- Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the New York Rangers
It is never ideal to head back home in a series down 0-2, but that is exactly what the Rangers had to do after losing the first 2 games of the series in Carolina. They did a fantastic job of getting back in it with a pair of wins on home ice, but they now need to try and figure out a way to get the job done in hostile territory. The Rangers scored 7 goals in their two wins at MSG, which is in stark contrast to the single goal that they managed in the first 2 games in this series. When you look at their road record through the playoffs, there is a genuine level of concern, as they are now 1-4 SU in those 5 games, with the lone win coming in Round 1 versus the Penguins. On the plus side of things, the Rangers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games coming after a rest day.
Why bet on the Carolina Hurricanes
You can bet that the Hurricanes are heading home more than a little dejected after failing to get a split in the Big Apple. This is a team that was defensively sound through the opening 2 games, but which then surrendered 7 goals on the road. Making matters worse was that they failed to get anything going offensively and have now managed just 6 goals through the first 4 games of this series. While you would expect them to get back to their ideal style of hockey on home ice, they are going to need to find a way to kill the momentum that the Rangers are currently carrying. In games where they lost by 3 or more goals, as they did in Game 4, the Hurricanes have bounced back and won 6 of their last 7. They are also unbeaten in all 6 games on home ice through the first 2 rounds of the playoffs.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
If there is one wager that we can make with some confidence in this series, it is probably the UNDER. The most goals scored in a single game is 5, which came in Game 4, and things have been even tighter in Carolina.
NHL Playoffs Betting Pick: New York Rangers 1 Carolina Hurricanes 3