new york rangers vs carolina hurricanes predictions and preview

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NHL new york rangers vs carolina hurricanes predictions and preview


 

 

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The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the New York Rangers in game six of their series. The Hurricanes finished the season with a record of 54-20-8. The Rangers had a record of 52-24-6 this season. These two teams played each other four times this season with the Hurricanes winning three out of the four games. Carolina leads the series 3-2. Puck drops at 8pm EST. 

Hurricanes Win Game Five

Carolina took game five 3-1 and they have a 3-2 series lead. Vincent Trocheck, Teuvo Teravainen, and Andrei Svechnikov each scored a goal. Antti Raanta only faced 17 shots and he turned aside 16 out of those 17 shots faced. Carolina is 0-5 in the playoffs heading into game 6 in New York.

 

 

 

The offense was good for the Hurricanes this season. Carolina ranked ninth in goals per game and ninth in shots per game. Sebastian Aho led the team in points, with 81 points on the season. Andrei Svechnikov had 69 points this year. The Hurricanes’ offense was excellent at home in the first round, scoring five goals in games one, two, and five and three goals in game seven at home in the first round. The second round has been different, as they have scored just two goals in each of the first two games and just one goal in games three and four. The Hurricanes scored three goals in game five. Teuvo Teravainen leads Carolina with 11 points in the playoffs. He has scored a goal in back-to-back games and he has one point in four out of five games in this series. Sebastian Aho scored one goal in each of the first two games of this series and he had an assist in game four.

Defense and goaltending were both fantastic for Carolina this season. They ranked first in goals against per game and first in shots against per game. Frederik Andersen has a record of 35-14-3 with a 2.17 GAA and .922 SV%. He ranked second in GAA, tied for third in SV%, and tied for fifth in shutouts among all goalies in the league. Andersen has not played a game in the playoffs. Antti Raanta has been sharp in the playoffs, having a 1.99 GAA and .931 SV% in 11 games started in the playoffs. Raanta allowed one goal in games one and five, shut out the Rangers in game two, and allowed two goals in game three of this series. He struggled in game four, allowing four goals on 28 shots faced.

 

Rangers Lose Game Five

New York lost game five 3-1 and they now trail the series 3-2. Mika Zibanejad scored the lone goal for the Rangers in game five. Igor Shesterkin allowed three goals on 34 shots faced.

 

 

 

The offense was average for the Rangers this season. They scored three goals or more in eight out of their last 10 games to end the year. The Rangers ranked 16th in goals per game and 28th in shots per game. Artemi Panarin led the team with 96 points. Chris Kreider was third in the league with 52 goals. The offense was not a problem for the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs, as they scored four goals or more in five out of the seven games in round one. They have struggled in this series, as they scored one goal in games one and five, and were shut out in game two. New York scored three goals in game three but one of them was an empty-net goal. The offense was better in game four, as they scored four goals on Raanta. Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers with 15 points in the playoffs.

The defense was fairly good and goaltending was excellent for the Rangers. They ranked second in goals against per game and 11th in shots against per game. Igor Shesterkin was outstanding in the net for the Rangers. He had a record of 36-13-4 with a 2.07 GAA and .935 SV%. Shesterkin ranked first in GAA, first in SV%, and third in shutouts among all goalies in the league. Shesterkin struggled in the first round of the playoffs, allowing three goals or more in six out of seven games in the first round. Shesterkin has been excellent in this series against Carolina, allowing two goals in the first game and one goal in games two, three, and four. Adam Fox had 74 points. He was fourth in points and third in assists among all defensemen in the league. Fox had one point or more in each of the seven games in the first round but he did not record a point in the first two games of this series. He recorded one assist in games three and five, and he scored a goal and had an assist in game four against Carolina.





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