New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/3/2020
Game: New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Monday, August 3, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+130) Hurricanes (-150)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (37-28-5, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) head to Scotiabank Arena on Monday where they'll take on the Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5, 4th in the Metropolitan Division). Carolina leads the series 1-0. The Rangers open this contest at +130 while the Hurricanes are coming in at -150. The total has been set at 5.5. The Rangers are covering 52.2% of the time, having gone 36-33 SU. Carolina covers 52.4% of the time, going 33-30 straight up.
The New York Rangers come into this matchup with a record of 37 victories and 28 defeats, ranking them 7th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 233 goals which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +13, ranking them 11th in the NHL. The Rangers have a total of 79 points, which puts them at 16th in the NHL and 10th in the conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they have a total of 2,175 which puts them at 10th in the conference and 19th in the NHL. As a team, New York currently has a total of 1,416 hits which means they have an average of 20.2 per game. They have a total of 896 blocks for the season. In goal for New York is Igor Shesterkin from Moscow, Russia. He is 24 years old and has totaled 692 minutes in net this year. Elliot is surrendering an average of 2.52 GAA which has him sitting 7th among East goaltenders and 12th in the NHL among goalies. For the season, he has allowed 29 goals. He has a save percentage of .932 which has him sitting 2nd among East goaltenders.
The New York Rangers will look to clean up some issues after their 3 - 2 loss against the Hurricanes in their previous contest. The Rangers could have played much better offensively in the defeat. In their game, they netted 2 of the 26 shots they put on goal. Additionally, they had 7 power play chances but didn't net one. New York had a total of 21 penalty mins for this outing. The Corsi for the Rangers sat at 29 and the Corsi against was 46 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 38.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 22 and the Fenwick against was 35, telling us they have a Fenwick percentage of 38.6%. They earned 13 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 18 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone were rated at 42.7% and they had a PDO of 97.6 for this matchup. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Carolina Hurricanes earned 37 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 21 penalty mins and they notched 7 power play attempts.
The Hurricanes will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they have 38 victories and 25 defeats. With reference to goal differential, they sit 6th in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the league with +24. They have earned a total of 217 goals for the season which is good for 9th in the East. Carolina has a save % as a team of .903 which is good for 17th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a shooting percentage of 9.6% which is good for 9th in the conference. In net for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having a marginal season by giving up 2.69 goals per contest and that has him ranked 13th among East goaltenders and 25th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,321 mins he's played this season, he has surrendered 104 goals. His save percentage is .905, which has him sitting 22nd among East goaltenders and 44th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look for more of the same in this game as they took a 1-0 lead with their victory. Carolina wound up with a 61.3% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 46 and their opponent having a Corsi of 29. Their Fenwick rate was 61.4% with a Fenwick of 35 and the Rangers finishing with a 22 Fenwick. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Carolina had and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their PDO at even strength was 102.4 and their percentage of oZS was 57.7%. The Hurricanes scored 3 goals out of the 37 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 7 power play attempts in this one and converted 1 out of those attempts. Regarding their opponent, the Rangers had 7 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Carolina conceded 26 shots on goal and the Rangers ended up with a total of 21 minutes in the box.
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Tony's Pick: Take New York (+130)
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