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New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes Game 5 Stanley Cup playoffs preview, odds, prediction

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New York Rangers center Frank Vatrano (77) celebrates after scoring on Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta in the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series.
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After falling behind 0-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes, the New York Rangers have won two straight to even the series back up. New York had one of its most complete performances in Game 4 and is looking to take its first lead in the best-of-seven series with a win on Thursday.

Home ice has continued to be a difference-maker in the series as the Rangers try to buck that trend and beat Carolina at PNC Arena, which would be a first this playoffs. The Hurricanes have not lost a playoff game at home in either the first round with Boston or currently against the Rangers, who have gone 2-3-0 on the road in the postseason this year. 

A win in Game 5 would give the Rangers the chance to close out the series at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. New York has made it a bit of a habit this year to rally from behind, whether in a game or in a playoff series. 

While it may not be something Gerard Gallant or the players love, it has certainly given the Rangers a bit of an edge this year. 

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NEW YORK RANGERS VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES

How to Watch

Date: Thursday, May 26.  

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. 

TV: ESPN

Radio: 98.7 FM ESPN New York

Tale of the Tape

Rangers Stat Hurricanes
52–24–6 Record  54–20–8
3.27 Goals per game 2.73
34.5 SOG per game 29.9
3.18 Goals against per game 2.55
Igor Shesterkin Starting goalie Antti Raanta
.925 Starting goalie save % .931
26.7 Power Play % 11.1

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Rangers Leaders:

New York Rangers
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden.Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports
  • LW Chris Kreider: 8 points, 6 goals, 2 assists, 3 GWG
  • C Mika Zibanejad: 14 points, 5 goals, 9 assists, 2 PPG, 5 PPP
  • D  Adam Fox: 13 points, 4 goals, 9 assists, 1, PPG, 6 PPP

Hurricanes Leaders: 

New York Rangers Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) shot is stopped by New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) during the third period in game one of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. :James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
  • C  Sebastian Aho: 9 points, 4 goals, 5 assists, 1 GWG, 1 PPG
  • LW Teuvo Teravainen: 10 points, 3 goals, 7 assists, 2 PPP 
  • RW Jaccob Slavin: 8 points, 2 goals, 6 assists

Odds, Lines, and More:

The Pick:

At this point, the Blue Shirts have made a business out of comebacks and the second round against the Hurricanes has been no different. There just seems to be a growing sense of confidence for the Rangers with each passing game and series. 

Mika Zibanejad has come up big for New York in its last two games and the play of Igor Shesterkin has been lights out. After struggling a bit in the first round, the second round has been his time to shine with each stellar save that he has made. The Russian netminder has shown no fear of being aggressive in the net and he has never seemed to get rattled when a shot does get by him. 

Gallant has proven to be a smart tactician when it has come to his lineup shuffling, which has seemed to jumpstart the dormant Blue Shirt offense. Expect the Rangers to return to New York on Saturday with a chance to close out the series. 

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