Hurricanes vs Rangers Odds, Picks, and Predictions Tonight: It's Raining Goals

The Rangers have been molten-hot, and our NHL picks don't think there's a great chance of the Hurricanes cracking Igor Shesterkin enough to keep up with the home side's current torrid pace.

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2023 8:56 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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The New York Rangers are one of the NHL’s most talked-about teams right now after posting back-to-back shutouts against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, outscoring them by a combined 13-0. 

The Carolina Hurricanes have had a bit of an odd stretch of games, going 2-3-0 in their last five, but for a very steady team, they have looked surprisingly inconsistent. 

The Rangers are only six points back of the Hurricanes for first place in the Metropolitan division, so this game has huge standings implications. 

Find out my best bet in our free NHL betting picks and predictions for Rangers vs. Hurricanes on Tuesday, March 21. 

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Hurricanes vs Rangers picks and predictions

The New York Rangers have won both meetings between the two teams this season, but the last game, played in Carolina was a little extra memorable thanks to Artemi Panarin’s four-goal performance. 

The Rangers have been on absolute fire lately, and it all starts with Mika Zibanejad, who has tallied five goals and four assists in his last five games. He, along with his new linemates, Artemi Panarin and Vladimir Tarasenko, have seemed to have form quite the chemistry. Panarin has three goals with four assists and Tarasenko has added one goal and three assists in the same five-game span. The Rangers are buzzing right now. 

The Carolina Hurricanes have been nowhere near as good as the Rangers, offensively speaking, in this recent span. In their previous five games, they’ve tallied a total of 12 goals, the Rangers had more in their last two. 

Igor Shesterkin has also seemed to have found his game. In his last three starts, he’s 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage. He’s on fire. 

The home team is 7-2 in the last nine meetings and the Hurricanes are 4-22 in their last 26 trips to New York. This should be all Rangers. 

My best betRangers moneyline (-115 at BetMGM)

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Hurricanes vs Rangers moneyline analysis

It’s very difficult to bet against this Rangers team right now, as it’s firing on all cylinders. During their four-game winning streak, the Rangers have outscored their opponents by the score of 22-5. 

The Carolina Hurricanes have started to struggle offensively and it doesn’t help that they are now without Andrei Svechnikov. The Canes are able to win games because of the way they play defensively, they aren’t necessarily an offensively-minded team, but they’re averaging 3.31 goals per game. If they’re going to compete with the Rangers, they’re going to need to try and score the first goal, then play shut down defensively. With the way the Rangers are scoring right now, the first goal certainly means a lot. 

The Rangers have been able to get the best of the Canes thus far this season and they seem to always struggle when they come to the world’s most famous arena, this should be a game the Rangers win.

Hurricanes vs Rangers Over/Under analysis

This Over/Under is very tough to predict because the Rangers and Hurricanes are both very sound, defensive teams, but this game could also be a barn-burner at the same time. 

A team like Carolina is very well coached under Rod Brind’Amour and I have a strong feeling that he is going to have his guys ready to play and ready to defend. The under is 4-1 in the Hurricanes’ last five games against Metropolitan division opponents, but the over happens to be 4-1 in their last five road games. 

When you think about the Rangers right now you might immediately think about offense, but the Rangers have been hitting the under thanks to their defensive play. 

That being said, the last two meetings between the two teams both went Over and I am just going to stick with that trend. Both teams average more than three goals per game so we could see a fun offensive battle tonight. 

Hurricanes vs Rangers betting trend to know

The home team is 7-2 in the last nine meetings. Find more NHL betting trends for Hurricanes vs Rangers.

Hurricanes vs Rangers game info

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: Bally Sports South, MSG

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