It goes without saying that every game in a playoff series is important, but there are some that are certainly more important than others. Game 3 tends to be higher on the scale of importance, as it is the game where one team takes the lead in the series or opens up a large lead. The New York Rangers went into Game 3 of their series with the Carolina Hurricanes knowing that a loss on home ice would put them in an 0-3 hole that would have been tough to dig out of. They got the win, but they are still the team under tall the pressure heading into Game 4. This is a series that has not delivered a ton of offense, which is why the goal total for this one is set at 5, with the Rangers in as the favorite to win. Let’s analyze both teams and how they stack up against each other so you can continue betting against the NHL Playoffs Odds.
Stanley Cup Playoffs 2nd Round: Carolina Hurricanes vs NY Rangers Analysis
Hurricanes at New York Game 4 Info
- When: Tuesday, May 24 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Madison Square Garden, NYC
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes head into Game 4 with a 2-1 lead, but they will probably admit that they are a little lucky to be ahead. They did not play particularly well in Game 1 of this series, finding themselves a goal down heading into the final couple of minutes. They got the tying goal before winning it in OT to steal a game they probably did not deserve. They then went on to win 2-0 in Game 2, but once again came out a little flat in Game 3 at MSG, losing that one by a score of 3-1. During the course of the regular season, the Hurricanes went 25-12-4 on the road, which included a pair of road wins in New York against the Rangers. Including the loss in Game 3, the Carolina Hurricanes are now 7-1 SU in their last 8 games versus the Metropolitan Division.
Why bet on the New York Rangers
Game 3 was absolutely a must win for the New York Rangers, but you could certainly put Game 4 in the same category. The harsh reality is that if the Rangers lose this one, they will head back to Carolina to play in what would be an elimination game. There are a couple of trends, though, that suggest they could go back on the road with this series tied up. They have now won the last 4 playoff games that they came into as a favorite, as well as being 4-0 SU in their last 4 games on home ice. Add to that the fact that they went 27-10-4 on home ice in the regular season and you have a team that is going to be tough to beat in their own building.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think the one thing that we can all agree on here is that the chances of this series suddenly becoming explosively offensive seem rather slim. With that in mind, the smart bet would be to take Carolina +1 ½. I also like the UNDER here, but I think the Hurricanes might just steal the road win.
NHL Playoffs Pick: New York Rangers 1 Carolina Hurricanes 3