New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes
According to NHL betting odds the Rangers are a -120 money line road favorite and the total is 5.0. The Rangers have won 10 of the last 11-games played between these clubs, including the last 5 at Carolina. These teams have seen just 1 of their last 9 meetings go under the total. The Rangers are currently 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, and 7th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes are 7th in the Metropolitan Conference, and 12th overall in the Eastern Conference.
Carolina Dreams Diminishing
The Carolina Hurricanes have played themselves into a very tough position by losing 5 of their last 6-games. They now find themselves 6-points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 20-games left to play in the regular season. Although a 6-point deficit isn’t overwhelming, you have to consider the fact that they have to leap frog 4 other teams ahead of them as well. The positive news is they are coming off a much needed 4-3 road win at San Jose on Tuesday which snapped a 5-game losing streak. This will be the Hurricanes first home game since February 7th. They’ve been anything but automatic at home going 15-17 versus the money line. The Hurricanes have scored just 20-goals total over their last 10-games, and have gone over the total just twice in their last 11-games.
Jury is out on Deadline Trade
The Rangers completed a trade at Wednesday’s deadline that garnered plenty of attention. The two key components involved were Ryan Callahan of the Rangers being dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Martin St. Louis. Callahan will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Rangers weren’t able to get a contract extension done, so rather than risk losing him for nothing they acquired an asset in return. The pundits will argue that St. Louis is 38-years old, and if the Rangers don’t make a serious run at the Cup this season the trade would be a moot occurrence. However, NHL people in the know say that the aging veteran is in terrific shape, and still has a couple of years left in the tank. They certainly have a point if you consider the fact that St. Louis had 29-goals and 32 assists, good for 61-points, in 61-games this season for the Lightning.
The Task at Hand
The Rangers enter tonight having lost 3 in a row, and although 7th in the Eastern Conference, they don’t have a heck of a lot of breathing room. At the time of this writing they’re just 1-point ahead of 8th place Columbus, 2-points ahead of both Washington and Detroit, and just 3-points in front of the New Jersey Devils who are 11th overall in the East. After tonight the Rangers will play 13 of their final 18 games of the regular season on the road. Ironically that might not be a bad thing since they’re a stellar 18-11 on the road this season.
NHL Betting System
Consider a few trends before nailing down your NHL picks. Any road team with a total of 5.0 or less that’s played 5-games or less in the last 14-days, and they’re playing in the 2nd half of their schedule, in addition to having a money line winning percentage of between .450 to .550, has gone under the total in 47 of those 72-games (65.3%) in the last 5 seasons.
Free Pick: Rangers/Hurricanes to go under the total of 5.0