Rangers vs. Hurricanes Prediction

Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 1, 5/18/22 NHL Playoffs Betting Predictions

The Rangers and Hurricanes will square off in Game 1 of the NHL Playoffs Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night when Carolina hosts New York at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Rangers have had plenty of success in previous games in this series but will they cash as an underdog tonight?

Game Snapshot

027 New York Rangers (+141) at 028 Carolina Hurricanes (-169); o/u 5.5

7:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 18, 2022

New York Rangers DFS Spin

Artemi Panarin scored the game-winning goal in Sunday's 4-3 Game 7 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Panarin came up empty on his first five attempts of the contest, but all it takes in overtime is one successful hit. Thus was the case in Game 7 on Sunday, with Panarin netting the winner through traffic against Tristan Jarry to send the Rangers into the Eastern Semifinals (against Carolina) with all kinds of good vibes. Panarin notched three goals and seven points across seven games versus the Penguins.

Carolina Hurricanes DFS Spin

Frederik Andersen's availability for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is doubtful because of a lower-body injury. Andersen has been sidelined since Apr. 16 and he hasn't practiced yet during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Coach Rod Brind'Amour is hopeful that Andersen can return at some point in the postseason. "I would hope so, especially if we can move on," Brind'Amour said on Monday. "Until he gets out there with us, you might as well stop asking me." Antti Raanta will be in charge of the crease for the Hurricanes until Andersen can return.

Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 1 Betting Prediction

The road team has cashed in four of the previous five meetings between these two teams, while the Rangers are 35-16 in their last 51 games versus the Hurricanes overall. The Rangers are also 39-17 in their last 56 games versus Eastern Conference foes, are 9-4 in their last 13 road games and are 6-2 in their last eight games coming off two days of rest.

NHL PLAYOFFS BETTING PREDICTION: NEW YORK RANGERS +141

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