New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) skate for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The New York Rangers face the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, January 21st
The Canes are listed as home favorites in the Friday NHL odds
Read below for Rangers vs Hurricanes odds, predictions, and best NHL pick
The top two teams in the NHL Metropolitan Division are set to faceoff on Friday, January 21st. The New York Rangers (26-10-14) take on the Carolina Hurricanes (26-8-2) at PNC Arena (7:00 PM EST). Carolina is being listed as -157 home favorites in the Rangers vs Hurricanes odds. The Canes are 12-4-1 at home, while the Rangers have been one of the league’s best road teams.
Let’s take a look at the Friday NHL odds and offer you our betting prediction.
Rangers vs Hurricanes Odds
7:00 pm ET
New York Rangers
O 5.5 (-120)
January 21st, 2022
U 5.5 (-103)
Odds as of January 20th at Barstool Sportsbook.
The total for this game is listed at 5.5 in the Rangers vs Hurricanes odds, with the juice on the over.
The New York Rangers are priced at +2500 in the current Stanley Cup odds, while the Hurricanes are sitting at +1200. With NY online sports betting now legal, expect a ton of action on the Rangers as the playoffs approach.
Hurricanes NHL Betting Value as Home Favorites
Carolina brings an impressive 12-4-1 home record into Friday’s matchup with the Rangers. The Canes are 21-5 when listed as the betting favorite this season. Rod Brind’Amour’s team is rolling right now, posting an 11-2-1 record in their last 14 games.
Carolina is allowing the fewest amount of goals in the NHL (2.25 GAA), while boasting the fourth-best offense (3.50 GF/GP). The Canes’ offensive firepower was on full display in a 7-1 win over Boston on Tuesday.
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— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) January 19, 2022
Forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored twice against the Bruins, while defensemen Tony DeAngelo and Jaccob Slavin each had three points. On the season, Sebastian Aho paces the team in scoring with 39 points in 33 contests.
Carolina is icing a fairly healthy team right now, but there are a couple of absences. Forwards Jordan Martinook and Martin Necas are both on the NHL COVID protocol list, and it’s unclear if one or both will be available for Friday’s game.
Rangers Betting Analysis as Road Underdogs
The Rangers bring an impressive 15-7-2 road record into Friday’s matchup with the Hurricanes. New York is 9-8 when listed as the betting underdog this season. New York is playing strong hockey right now, posting a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 games.
The Rangers have been profitable in the NHL odds this season primarily due to goalie Igor Shesterkin. The Russian netminder has won nine of his past 10 starts and owns a .938 save percentage. Shesterkin is a favorite in the Vezina Trophy odds and is even becoming an MVP candidate.
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— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 14, 2022
New York rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Toronto 6-3 in their last game Wednesday. Ryan Reaves scored twice, while Chris Kreider scored his team-leading 25th goal. Defenseman Adam Fox had three points and is the team’s leading scorer with 42 points in 40 games.
New York has the second-best GAA in the NHL (2.45), but their offense ranks 17th in average goals scored per game (2.93). Forwards Artemi Panarin and Alexis Lafreniere have come off the COVID list, however, so we’re starting to see this offense click at full potential.
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Rangers vs Hurricanes Pick and Prediction
The Rangers vs Hurricanes rivalry has been interesting to follow over recent years. New York won five straight games against Carolina during the 2019-20 season, but the Canes have since taken the last three meetings.
Rangers vs Hurricanes Recent Results
NYR 1 – CAR 4
CAR 4 – NYR 1
CAR 3 – NYR 2
CAR 2 – NYR 5
NYR 5 – CAR 3
In a battle between two Eastern Conference heavyweights, you have to dive deep to find the value. The Canes are the superior team according to several advanced metrics. Carolina is generating more high-quality chances, while also allowing significantly fewer scoring opportunities.
If Shesterkin was facing an inferior goaltender, the Rangers moneyline would be worth a look. Carolina netminder Freddie Andersen, however, is neck-and-neck with Shesterkin in all the major goalie statistical categories.
Carolina doesn’t lose often when favored and owns one of the league’s best home records. They’re simply the better team and the smart bet against a Rangers team that will be a popular public underdog in the Friday NHL odds.
Pick: Hurricanes ML (-157) at Barstool Sportsbook