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#7257 N.Y. Rangers vs.
#7258 Carolina Hurricanes
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7:00pm EDT
PNC Arena, Raleigh
Written by Mike Fink

The New York Rangers face the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with both teams hoping to continue their championship runs. The Rangers were trailing 3-1 in the First Round to the Pittsburgh Penguins but won three games in a row including Game Seven in overtime to advance to the next round. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are coming off a back-and-forth series against the Boston Bruins but won Game Seven to win the series. The Hurricanes won the season series 3-1 but the Rangers look to prove why the Stanley Cup Playoffs are different and the upcoming game, as well as the series, should be a great one.

Rangers hope offense can build off strong First Round

The Rangers came back from a 3-1 series deficit with their offense stepping up and scoring 28 goals in the First Round including 14 goals in the final three games of the series. Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, and Frank Vatrano have scored 10 goals and 13 assists to lead the top line but the rest of the offense has been great as well. Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, and Andrew Copp have combined for eight goals and 12 assists while defensemen Adam Fox and K'Andre Miller have added four goals and 10 assists from the blue line to put the offense over the top.

The offense stepped up but the defense struggled,allowing 29 goals in the previous series. While Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren stepped up in the defensive zone as the top pairing, the rest of the unit struggled and allowed the Penguins to find open shots on the net at will. Moreover, goaltender Igor Shesterkin hopes to bounce back from a rough First Round where he had a.910 save percentage and a 3.66 goals-against average on 277 shots.

Hurricanes look for defense to carry them in Game One

The Hurricanes won all four of their home games in the First Round with their offense stepping up and scoring 24 goals in the series, including three in Game Seven. Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and Seth Jarvis scored eight goals and six assists to lead the top line but the entire offense was great. Vincent Trocheck, Teuvo Teravainen, and Max Domi combined for seven goals and 12 assists while defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Anthony DeAngelo added three goals and 13 assists from the point to put the offense over the top.

The offense stepped up but the defense carried the Hurricanes,allowing only 20 goals in the First Round. Jaccob Slavin and Anthony DeAngelo led the top pairing, controlling the puck in the defensive zone and limiting shooting lanes but the rest of the defensive unit also stepped up with Ian Cole, Brady Skjei, Brett Pesce, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the defensive zone and turning defense into instant offense. In addition, Antti Raanta stepped up in the net with a .927 save percentage and a 2.37 goals-against average on 165 shots.

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The Hurricanes won three of the four regular-season games and have won all four home playoff games, making it easy to think that they will easily win Game One. The problem is that the Rangers are red hot with three wins in a row and look to find favorable matchups on both ends of the ice. The Rangers, who scored 14 goals in the last three games of the First Round, should pile on the goals with Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and the rest of the forward unit establishing a strong offensive zone presence and creating open shots with great puck movement to overwhelm the Hurricanes defense. The Rangers should also limit the Hurricanes' offense with Adam Fox, Ryan Lindgren, and the rest of the defensive unit stepping up and creating turnovers in the defensive zone while limiting passing lanes to force direct shots on the net, allowing goaltender Igor Shesterkin to make plenty of big saves. The Rangers should win Game One and provide great odds in the process as road Underdogs.

Prediction: Rangers (+145)

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The Hurricanes were carried by their defense, making it easy to think that the upcoming game will be a low-scoring one. However, both the Rangers and the Hurricanes have been playing great on the offensive end of the ice and look to constantly find the back of the net. The Hurricanes, who scored 24 goals in the First Round, should pile on the goals with Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov, and the rest of the forward unit creating open shots with cross-ice passes and quick puck movement along the boards while Anthony DeAngelo and Jaccob Slavin generate shots on the net from the blue line. The Rangers, who scored 28 goals in the First Round, should run up the score with Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, and the rest of the forward unit crashing the net on the rush and creating open shots with great puck movement in the offensive zone while Adam Fox and K'Andre Miller pick apart the Hurricanes defense from the point. The Over should cover in a high-scoring game with both offenses stepping up.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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