The Carolina Hurricanes were able to pick up a 3-2 series advantage over the New York Rangers with their Game 5 victory. The 3-1 final saw Carolina improve their home postseason record to 7-0.
While undefeated at home in the playoffs, they haven’t won any of their matchups on the road. Could Game 6 be the time they finally break that streak or will the Rangers win another game at home in this series?
At some point in the postseason, the Carolina Hurricanes need to win a game on the road. While they set themselves up nicely for a potential Game 7 matchup – should they need it – they aren’t going to want to give the Rangers another opportunity to end their season.
Luckily, they are coming off of their best all-around game of the playoffs yet. At least that’s what their head coach Rod Brind’Amour said after their latest game.
“We’ve been playing OK, but tonight was good all the way around,” said coach Rod Brind’Amour.
If Carolina can keep on trucking forward from this Game 5 performance, they can put the Rangers to bed and avoid putting them through another game.
Rangers Can’t Panic
It should go without saying but New York will be far better off if they avoid falling into a pit of negativity.
While it’s unfortunate that they fell in Game 5, they should be more than happy to take the series back into their own arena, where they are undefeated in this series.
They do, however, need to be more aggressive offensively. They only put up 17 shots compared to the Hurricanes’ 34 in their most recent outing. We know that they have offensive issues on the road. They simply can’t overcome them by shooting just 17 times.
Igor Shesterkin is a phenomenal goalie who has kept them alive all year long but they have to ease some pressure off of him moving forward. It’ll be important for the Rangers to get the first goal, get out ahead and settle in for Game 6.
Hurricanes vs Rangers Head-to-Head
The Hurricanes have won six out of the nine matchups against the Rangers. The playoff matchups have had a different feel so far than the regular-season contests, though. They’ve been more evenly matched.
The sportsbook odds are about as even as it gets for the Rangers-Hurricanes showdown on Saturday. Although, it seems like the Rangers have the upper hand in this one based on recent trends.
All postseason, the Hurricanes haven’t won a game on the road. Even though they had a wonderful performance in Game 5, there is nothing to say that they can keep this going away from their own ice.
They’ve simply been a different team when playing on the road. If you’re looking at NHL picks, why bet against the trend? That being said, New York should take advantage of that trend and push this series to a seventh game.
Derrick Erickson has been entrenched in sports media over the last decade. From working in fantasy sports to the sports betting side of things, he's been plugged in for quite some time. His favorite teams include the Texas Longhorns, Dallas Cowboys, and Dallas Mavericks.