OddsJam’s NHL expert takes you through tonight’s Game 7 showdown between the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes!
Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 7 Betting Pick: Hurricanes Moneyline | -141 at WynnBET
8 p.m. ET
The two best words in the sports world: Game 7.
We have had a great series. It’s going to be sad to see a team go, but there is a winner and a loser in sports — and today’s loser will think about this game all summer.
The home team has won every game in this series (6-0). The question is: will this trend continue?
The real trend, however, is that through all 13 of Carolina’s playoff games — including the Penguins and Rangers series — the home team has won every time. And 13 is a lucky number.
Can the Hurricanes keep the streak alive or will the Rangers find a way to win on the road? With an 0-6 road record in the playoffs — the Rangers didn’t win in Boston and haven’t won yet in Carolina — it all comes down to tonight.
The Celtics pulled off a road Game 7 win yesterday, so anything can happy here. But we saw how hard that was and tonight won’t be any easier for New York.
“It’s frustrating we couldn’t close it out,” Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei said after Game 6. “We’ll try and move on from this pretty quickly. We have a lot of confidence at home, like our record shows.”
The Rangers have made their comments as well, but they have the best goalie in the game. Even if that hasn’t been clear in the playoffs, Igor Shesterkin has been amazing at home.
He’s given up only four goals in New York this series and just 11 goals through Game 6.
If Shesterkin can hold Carolina to two goals then this will be an amazing game and keep the Rangers in it for all three periods.
The Rangers coach said it best.
“He plays his best hockey when we give up a couple breakaways in the first period, and he’s done it all year long,” Gerard Gallant said. “Makes me a little nervous, but he gets into the game and he focuses, and he makes those key saves for us.”
Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta has been great as well until Game 6, where he had to be pulled after his awful performance. He gave up 3 goals on just 13 shots before he was pulled.
It’s worth remembering that he is the backup goal and this is a massive shift after not seeing the ice much this year. Even still, he is 6-0 at home, giving up less than a goal a game with a .965 save percentage.
Those stats can’t be denied. If he plays like he has at home all series, it won’t matter what the Rangers do — they won’t get the puck past him.
This game will come down to the goalies. You have a rock at home and a visiting goalie who is red hot. Both teams know each other well, there are no tricks, no stats we can write or tell you that will change the game or your mind.
The Rangers are firing on power plays and Carolina isn’t. Defense will be the key but scoring goals and putting the other team on tilt is how this one will be decided.
We will lay the -140 moneyline on Carolina at home and hope 14 in a row is as lucky a number as 13.
The home ice will prevail again and the Rangers have lost six in a row as an underdog, hopefully another streak that should continue.
Let’s keep all the streaks going into the next round because the Lightning are relaxing and enjoying this and we would love to relax and end this series with a W.