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Hurricanes vs Rangers Game 3 Odds and Picks

George Nassios

by George Nassios in NHL Hockey

May 21, 2022 · 8:12 AM PDT

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta congratulated by teammates after a win
May 20, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta (32) and center Martin Necas (88) celebrate their win against the New York Rangers in game two of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
  • The New York Rangers host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of their series on Sunday, May 22nd
  • The Hurricanes and Rangers combined for just 43 shots in Carolina’s game 2 victory
  • Read below for Hurricanes vs Rangers Game 3 odds, picks, and prediction

It’s a must win show for the home fans on Broadway. The New York Rangers host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of their best-of-7 series on Sunday, May 22nd. It’s an afternoon matchup with puck drop scheduled for 3:30 pm ET at Madison Square Garden in a game that can be seen on ESPN.

Carolina is looking to put a stranglehold in this 2nd round affair as the Rangers are underdogs at home against a formidable Hurricanes squad. The over/under is set at 5.5 goals in this highly defensive matchup. The two sides have combined for just 5 goals in their first two games against each other.

Let’s check out the Hurricanes vs Rangers Game 3 odds and give you our pick and best NHL bet for this contest.

Hurricanes vs Rangers Odds

Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 (+225) O 5.5 (+100) -115
New York Rangers +1.5 (-286) U 5.5 (-122) -104

Odds as of May 21st at Barstool Sportsbook.

 

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No road issues are being projected for the Hurricanes in this series as the oddsmakers have made them road favorites to take a 3-0 series lead against the Rangers. With odds of -115 on the moneyline, the Hurricanes have an implied win probability of 53.49% for Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.

Hurricanes’ Defense Leading Them to Victory

Some might find it boring, but the Hurricanes defensive play is proving to be very effective so far against the Rangers. They have limited New York to just one goal and 49 shots in two games. By comparison, the Flames had nine goals and 48 shots in their game 1 win against the Oilers alone!

Rod Brind’Amour couldn’t care less about scoring goals as long as his team keeps winning. Carolina has scored just seven goals in their last three playoff games dating back to the first round against Boston, but they won all those games. Their Eastern Conference odds are shortening as they choke out the Rangers offense in the 2nd round.

Frederik Andersen’s absence has been a complete non-story as Antti Raanta outduels Vezina Trophy odds favorite Igor Shesterkin. The Finnish netminder has given up just three goals on the last 78 shots that he’s faced.

New York Rangers Betting Outlook

Things do not appear rosy for the Broadway Blueshirts as they return home. The Rangers were one of the best teams to bet the under on this year, but they’re not used to being on the wrong side of low scoring affairs.

Chris Kreider played one of his worst games of the year in game 2, taking a couple of minor penalties and skating past the puck that led to the Hurricanes shorthanded game winning goal on an odd man rush. For a guy that was a contender for the Rocket Richard trophy this year, he has to muster more offense for the Rangers to have a chance. The power forward had no shots on net in game 2.

In the end, it appears for the Rangers to have a chance, they’ll need Shesterkin to play like the superhuman who made himself a finalist in the Hart Trophy odds during the regular season. He’s been much better in this series than he was against the Penguins, but it looks like New York needs even more from their man between the pipes.

Hurricanes vs Rangers Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
05/20/2022 CAR 2 – NYR 0 CAR CAR Under
05/18/2022 CAR 2 – NYR 1 (OT) CAR NYR Under
04/26/2022 NYR 3 – CAR 4 CAR CAR Over
04/12/2022 NYR 2 – CAR 4 CAR CAR Over
03/20/2022 CAR 0 – NYR 2 NYR NYR Under

While the teams struggled to find the net in the first two games in Carolina, they hit the over in both of their regular season meetings this season at Madison Square Garden.

Rangers vs Hurricanes Pick Game 3

Carolina’s defensemen have been the real difference in the series so far. Ian Cole scored the overtime winner in game 1 and Brendan Smith scored the game winner against his former team in game 2.

In fact, the Rangers have been haunted by their former blueliners in this series. Tony DeAngelo may have come up with the biggest stop of game 2 for Carolina, getting in the way of a Ryan Strome shot that was heading for the back of the net.

So what’s the best NHL pick in this game? Logically, when going through the stats and data, it’s been a pretty even series with Carolina getting the breaks and lucky bounces when they need them. The Hurricanes are just a tad better and it’s showing. However, they’re not a lock and actually haven’t won on the road so far in these playoffs.

One bet is the most obvious based on how this series has gone. While the Battle of Alberta is filled with goals, this Metropolitan clash is suffering from a drought. Five total goals in two games. Enough said. Expect the low scoring trend to continue and bet the under in the Hurricanes vs Rangers Sunday NHL odds at Barstool Sportsbook.

Pick: Under 5.5 (-122)

 

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