The Carolina Hurricanes will get the win in a pivotal Game 5 against the New York Rangers
May 26, 2022
Carolina’s home dominance will continue, as New York will struggle again on the road
Rangers at Hurricanes
PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
7:00 PM ET
This one seems pretty easy to figure out. Every game in their series has gone the exact same way.
The home team wins. The visiting team struggles to score.
Carolina won the first two games in Raleigh, while New York managed just two total goals. The Rangers rallied with back-to-back wins at Madison Square Garden, where the Hurricanes netted only two scores in two games.
There’s little reason to think the pattern will break. In fact, there’s plenty to suggest it will continue.
Carolina is unbeaten at home in the postseason. The Hurricanes are 5-0 thus far in the playoffs at PNC Arena, outscoring the Bruins and Rangers 22-7 in those five wins.
Meanwhile, New York has been dreadful away from MSG. The Rangers are just 1-4 on the road in the postseason, having been outscored 18-7 in those four losses.
Igor Shesterkin has been outstanding for the Rangers in the series, however. The goaltender has allowed just five goals in four games, posting 117 saves in the process. He gives New York a chance in any game, including tonight.
But Carolina’s two best offensive threats, Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho have been equally as good. They’ve combined for 19 points in the playoffs, 17 of which have come at home. The stars show up in Carolina.
Expect more of the same tonight. The Hurricanes will get the win in a low-scoring nailbiter.
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