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The New York Rangers host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals tonight, at Madison Square Garden. Can we expect tight-checking and a defensive showdown tonight? Tone's Takes answers.

New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Prediction: Can We Expect A Defensive Showdown in Game 4?

The New York Rangers got on the board in Game 3 as they picked up a 3-1 win on the back of Igor Shesterkin, who made a sparkling, 43 Saves. Mika Zibanajed contributed a goal and an assist in the win as well. This series has been a low-scoring, defensive struggle but when scoring chances have occurred, both goalies have risen to the occasion. There have been a total of nine goals scored in the three games. Shesterkin has stopped 87 of 91 shots and Antii Raanta has stopped 78 of 81 shots. 

Let's dive into my prediction, pick, and the odds for Game 4 between the New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes tonight.

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Rangers vs Hurricanes Game 4 Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: May 24, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

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New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Game 4 Prediction

Despite his early struggles, Shesterkin has been dialed in lately. Since getting pulled for the second time in Pittsburgh, the likely Vezina winner has a .934 Save Percentage. In the second round, New York has an expected goals-against of 11.56, which shows how much Igor has meant to this team, as was the story throughout the entire regular season. This has been the story of the regular season as well. Despite the injury to Freddy Andersen, the Canes have not missed a beat in goal. Antii Raanta has filled in admirably as he has a 1.86 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage in the playoffs. Carolina was the best defensive team in the regular season in terms of goals against, as they allowed just 2.44 goals per game, with the Rangers being a close second at 2.49. These teams are also two of the top-seven teams in terms of shot-blocking in the playoffs. The Rangers are third, with 124 and the Canes are seventh, with 114. Power plays have had a hard time getting going in this series as there has only been one Power Play goal and that came in Game 3 by the Rangers. I don't see this series opening up as both goalies are hot and both teams can button down defensively, Carolina more than the Rangers. If six goals are scored then so be it, but I am riding the Under 5 at a nice plus money price.

New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes Game 4 Pick

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Rangers Under 5 +130 (Bet $130 to win $100)

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.


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