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Opening Rangers vs Hurricanes Odds, Series Preview & Prediction

Jan 2, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) skate during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

  • The New York Rangers battle the Carolina Hurricanes in Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs
  • The Opening Rangers vs Hurricanes odds favor Carolina to advance
  • Read below for Rangers vs Hurricanes series odds, preview and prediction

For the second time in four years, the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes will meet in Round 2 of the NHL Playoffs. The Rangers vs Canes matchup was finalized in the NHL Playoff bracket on Tuesday night after Carolina eliminated the New York Islanders.

Opening Rangers vs Hurricanes odds have been released, with Carolina favored to advance to the Eastern Conference Final. The Rangers will hold home-ice advantage for this series, with the schedule still to be released.

Rangers vs Hurricanes Odds

Team Odds
New York Rangers +126
Carolina Hurricanes -152

In the Rangers vs Hurricanes series odds, Carolina is a slight -152 moneyline favorite, giving them a 60.3 percent implied win probability.


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Rangers Betting Trends

The New York Rangers swept the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs to become the first team to advance to the second round. The Rangers, who captured the Presidents’ Trophy with 114 points, dominated the series against the Capitals, outscoring them 11-5 over the four games.

Igor Shesterkin, the Rangers’ star goaltender, was a brick wall between the pipes, allowing only five goals in the series. His stellar performance was a key factor in the team’s success, as he consistently shut down the Capitals’ offensive stars.

The Rangers’ top players also shone brightly during the series. Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, and Chris Kreider were instrumental in the team’s potent power play, which ranked fourth in the NHL during the regular season at 26.4%

However, the Rangers’ 5-on-5 play has been a point of concern all year. Despite their overall success, the team ranked 23rd in expected goals percentage (48.6%) and had a slightly underwater percentage of shot attempts per 60 minutes (49.8%) during the regular season

New York’s five-on-five play could potentially be an area of vulnerability against a Carolina team that excels at controlling 5-on-5 play.

Hurricanes Betting Trends

The Carolina Hurricanes advanced to the second round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the New York Islanders in five games. The Hurricanes, who finished second in the Metropolitan Division with 111 points, showcased their depth and resilience throughout the series.

Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes’ starting goaltender, was solid between the pipes, making several key saves to help his team secure the series victory. Goaltending has been an area of concern for the Canes in recent postseasons, but Andersen enters Round 2 with a stellar

The Hurricanes’ top players also made significant contributions during the series. Sebastian Aho, who led the team in goals (36), assists (53), and points (89) during the regular season, continued his offensive dominance in the playoffs.

Andrei Svechnikov and Trade Deadline acquisition Jake Guentzel also played vital roles in the team’s success, using their skill and physicality to create scoring opportunities. Kuzy scored with his signature “slo-mo” move on a penalty shot in Game 5.

Carolina’s defensive corps, led by Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce, was instrumental in shutting down the Islanders’ offensive efforts. The team’s ability to limit high-danger scoring chances and maintain puck possession was a major factor in their series victory.

Rangers vs Hurricanes Series Prediction

The Rangers have had the Canes’ number lately, winning seven of the past nine meetings dating back to the 2022 Conference Semi-Finals. In that series, the Rangers prevailed in seven games, winning Game 7 by a dominant 6-2 score in Raleigh.

Rangers vs Hurricanes Head-to-Head Stats

2-1 Head-To-Head 1-2
55-23-4 NHL Regular Season Record 52-23-7
3.39 (7th) Goals For/GP 3.38 (11th)
2.76 (7th) Goals Against/GP 2.57 (4th)
26.4% (3rd) Power Play 26.9% (2nd)
84.5% (3rd) Penalty Kill 86.4% (1st)
50.11% (19th) Corsi Percentage (5v5) 59.55% (1st)

*stats from regular season

Carolina’s clear edge is in possession play, where they have vastly superior advanced metrics. However, Shesterkin is unquestionably the best goalie in the series. Andersen’s impressive play since returning from blood clots is a primary reason oddsmakers are favoring Carolina in this series.

New York is great value right now if you like the Rangers to advance. However, the Canes are our pick in the Stanley Cup odds, so we’re sticking by them in Round 2. They are the better defensive team, appear to finally have the goaltending, and made trade deadline moves that have significantly improved their roster.

We’re likely in for another six or seven-game series, but we like the Canes to exact revenge on the Rangers.


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