Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Hurricanes and Rangers. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on MSG, and it's hosted by the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Rangers are the home favorites against the Hurricanes in a Metropolitan division matchup.

CAROLINA HURRICANES VS NEW YORK RANGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.

WHY BET THE NEW YORK RANGERS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Hurricanes to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Hurricanes on the moneyline (+101)
  • The Hurricanes are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Hurricanes Defense Show Up in New York?

This season, the Hurricanes currently hold an overall record of 20-13-4. When playing on the road, Carolina has a 10-10-1 record, while they are 10-3-3 at home. Their current record places them 2nd in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 4th in the Eastern conference.

When it came to the puck line, Carolina have posted a 13-24 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 6-15, while they are 7-9 at home. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Carolina is 6.5. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Hurricanes come in with an over/under record of 18-18-1.

Through their last three road games, Carolina has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.

When looking at their offense, the Hurricanes have an average of 3.3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 7th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 1st in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Hurricanes offense is 2nd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 6th in the NHL.

Carolina will be looking for a good game from Sebastian Aho who leads the team in scoring with 15 goals, ranking 31st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Aho has 27 assists this season.

Defensively, the Rangers are currently 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against New York. They also are 16th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. New York, goalie Pyotr Kochetkov has started 18 games in this season. His current record is 9-7, and his save percentage stands at 0.6831683168316832%.

Can New York Pull Off a Home Win?

So far this season, the Rangers have an overall record of 25-9-1. Currently, they are 12-4-0 at home and carry a two game home win streak into the game. At the moment, they hold the 1st spot in the Eastern Metropolitan division and are ranked 1st in the Eastern conference.

New York is 18-17 against the puck line this season. On the road, their puck line record sits at 12-7 compared to 6-10 at home. This season, New York's games are averaging 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.1. The Rangers currently have an over/under record of 17-15-3.

New York has played well in their previous three home games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 4 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.

When looking at their offense, the Rangers have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 11th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 21st in the league. This year, the Rangers have recorded a 18-5 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 7-3 record.

The leading scorer for New York's offense is Artemi Panarin. Coming into the game he has 23 goals, ranking 5th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 27 assists so far.

The Rangers defense is currently 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 29.7 shots per game against New York. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 16th with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Igor Shesterkin comes into the game having made 22 starts this season. So far, his record is 15-7 and he has a save percentage of 0.8712871287128713%.