New York Rangers @ Carolina Hurricanes This Eastern Conference series is headed back to Raleigh after the Rangers took both games at MSG. The Hurricanes can’t win on the road, in fact they are a completely different team when playing on the road compared to their home rink. They have yet to win a game on the road and yet to lose a game on home ice. This series has been exceptionally low scoring, mostly due to the Hurricanes inability to score on Igor Shesterkin, especially on the power play. They’re 0-9 on the power play against New York and only have scored once this far in the playoffs, it’s honestly impressive they’ve come this far without the power play. That goes to show how good their defense has been, and that shouldn’t change tonight. Back on home ice, Carolina can match lines up as they please, which worked very well for them in games 1 and 2. When matching the Staal line to the Zibanejad line, that line didn’t record a single point, while Zibanejad had 3 points in their home games when he was away from Staal and company. It’s tough to fade the trend here, while the under of 5.5 goals has some enticing value at +115, I can’t not bet on the Canes in their return to home ice.
Bet: Carolina Hurricanes Money Line (-155)
Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames The Oilers will look to close out the series tonight in Calgary after winning their 3rd straight game in game 4. So far the Flames have absolutely no answer to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl who have been a part of almost every single goal the Oilers score, as I said before, the level they’re playing at is out of this world. I could probably be a 20 goal scorer in the NHL if I played with these guys, it’s insanity. Not helping the Flames is goalie Jacob Markstrom who has really struggled this series. He was lights out during the regular season, leading to a Vezina Trophy nomination, but that hasn’t seemed to carry over into the post season. In a wild turn of events, 44 year old Mike Smith has been the better goalie of the series. Smith has put a team on his back before but to do it at this age, while very impressive, doesn’t seem very sustainable. I expect Calgary to play a bit better this game as they are on home ice and have that crucial second change, but I still think this will be another high scoring gongshow like every other game seems to turn into.
Bet: Over 6.5 Total Goals (-105)