New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions, Free NHL Pick 2/21/2020
Game: New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+158) Hurricanes (-175)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (31-24-4, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) go to PNC Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Carolina Hurricanes (34-21-4, 4th in the Metropolitan Division). The Hurricanes open this matchup at -175 while the Rangers are coming in at +158. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Rangers are covering 51.7% of the time, having gone 30-28 SU. Carolina is covering 53.7% of the time, going 29-25 straight up.
The New York Rangers head into this game holding a record of 31 victories and 24 losses, putting them at 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 194 goals which is good for 6th in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +12, putting them at 10th in the NHL. The Rangers currently have a total of 66 points, which is good for 20th in the NHL and 11th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots on goal, they currently have a total of 1,830 which is good for 12th in the conference and 23rd in the NHL. As a group, New York has obtained a total of 1,198 hits which means they have an average of 20.3 per game. They currently have a total of 734 blocks for this year. The goaltender for New York is Igor Shesterkin from Moscow, Russia. He is 24 years old and has racked up 473 minutes in goal for the season. Elliot is giving up 2.28 goals against average which places him at 3rd among East goalies and 4th among goaltenders in the NHL. During this season, he has allowed 18 goals. His save % is .939 which places him at 1st among East goalies.
The New York Rangers were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3 - 1 loss to the Boston Bruins in their last game. The Rangers had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in the defeat. For this matchup, they scored on 1 out of the 26 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 5 power play chances and notched 1 goal out of those attempts. New York earned a total of 4 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Rangers was 45 and the Corsi against at even strength was 46 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 49.5%. Their Fenwick was 34 and the Fenwick against sat at 32, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 51.5%. They won 20 face-off wins and lost 21 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 43.3% and they had a PDO of 91.3 in this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Boston Bruins put up 34 shots. They finished with 10 penalty mins and they had 2 power play opportunities.
The Hurricanes will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the campaign they have 34 wins and 21 losses. in respect to goal differential, they sit 5th in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the NHL with +24. They currently have a total of 188 goals for the year which ranks 9th in the Eastern Conference. Carolina has a team save percentage of .905 which is good for 14th in the NHL, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 9.7% ranking them 10th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having an average year by surrendering 2.67 goals against average and that places him 14th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 22nd in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,177 mins he has been on the ice, he's allowed 97 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .905, which has him ranking 24th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 46th in the NHL among goalies.
The Carolina Hurricanes faced off against the Nashville Predators in an outing where the Hurricanes took home the win by a mark of 4 - 1. In their game, Carolina went home with a 64.7% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 66 and the team opposite of them having a Corsi of 36. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 64.5% by earning a Fenwick of 49 and the Predators having earned a 27 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Carolina played and it was a good performance overall. They had a PDO at even strength of 105.3 and their percentage of oZS was 52.6%. The Hurricanes scored 4 goals of the 30 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one and were able to convert 1 out of those tries. On the other side of the ice, the Predators had 4 power play attempts but weren't able to take advantage of it. Carolina gave up 29 shots on goal and the Predators racked up 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Carolina (-175)
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