Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers - 12/27/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Carolina Hurricanes vs New York Rangers
Date: Friday, December 27, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Hurricanes (-175) Rangers (+145)
Petr Mrazek and the Carolina Hurricanes (22-13-2, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) head to Madison Square Garden on Friday where they'll take on the New York Rangers (17-15-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division). The Rangers open this matchup at +145 while the Hurricanes are coming in at -175. The O/U has been set at 5.5. The Hurricanes are covering 57.1% of the time, having gone 20-15 SU. New York is covering 47.2% of the time, going 17-19 straight up.
The Carolina Hurricanes come into this matchup with a record of 22 victories and 13 losses, putting them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 122 goals which has them ranked at 6th in the East and 8th in the league. Their goal differential is +20, putting them at 6th in the league. The Hurricanes have earned a total of 46 pts, which has them ranked at 8th in the league and 6th in the conference. In discussing shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 1,259 which has them ranked at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the league. As a group, Carolina has obtained a total of 597 hits which means they have an average of 16.1 per contest. They have earned a total of 361 blocks for the season. The man looking after the goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek from Lugnvik, Sweden. He is 27 years old and has played a total of 1,408 minutes minding the goal this season. Mrazek is surrendering an average of 2.69 goals per game which puts him at 12th among East goaltenders and 21st in the NHL among goaltenders. For the season, he has given up 63 goals. He has a save % of .902 which puts him at 24th among East goaltenders.
The Carolina Hurricanes will need a bounce back game after taking a 8 - 6 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs the last time they stepped on the ice. The Hurricanes had a impressive offensive output in this loss. For this game, they netted 6 of the 40 shots they attempted. Moreover, they had 3 power play chances and netted 1 goal out of those attempts. Carolina earned 8 penalty minutes for this outing. The Corsi for the Hurricanes sat at 46 and the Corsi against was 55 giving them a Corsi percentage of 45.5%. Their Fenwick was 40 while the Fenwick against sat at 46, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 46.5%. They earned 25 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 22 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 46.2% and they had a PDO of 96.7 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs racked up a total of 39 shots. They ended the game with 6 minutes in the box and they notched 4 power play attempts.
The Rangers are the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 17 wins and 15 losses. In connection with goal differential, they are currently sitting 11th in the East and 19th in the league with -2. They have earned a total of 114 goals for this year which has them ranked at 11th in the Eastern Conference. New York has a team save % of .907 which has them ranked 11th in the league, which tells us there should be some chances to score. They have a shooting percentage of 10.7% putting them at 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In net for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a rough year by allowing 3.12 goals against average and that has him ranked 23rd among East goalies and 47th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,212 minutes he's played, he's allowed 63 goals. His save % is .910, which has him ranking 14th among East goalies and 30th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The New York Rangers faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers in an outing where the Rangers took a loss by a score of 5 - 1. In their game, New York wound up with a 49.4% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 41 while the opposition had a Corsi of 42. Their Fenwick rate came in at 49.3% by way of having a Fenwick of 33 and the Flyers having earned a 34 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO at even strength was 81.8 and they earned an oZS percentage of 77.0%. The Rangers notched 1 goal out of the 35 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play attempts in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Flyers had 6 power play opportunities and used that advantage to score 1 goal. New York allowed 30 shots on goal and the Flyers had a total of 8 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (+145)
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