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Rangers vs. Hurricanes picks, odds: Expert predictions for Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 6


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Carolina’s perfect home record in the playoffs remained intact with a Game 5 win against the New York Rangers. The Hurricanes’ winless road record in the playoffs will again be put to the test in Game 6 Saturday in Madison Square Garden.


Will we see a Game 7 or will Carolina book a place in the conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning? The Lightning have been waiting for an opponent since sweeping the Florida Panthers.


What time is Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 6?

Time: Saturday, 8 p.m. (ET)


Channels: ESPN, SN


Game 5: Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1 | Carolina leads 3-2

Recap by Harman Dayal


What was the key? Carolina’s smothering defensive play as a five-man unit. It’s often said that defense begins with checking well in the offensive zone, and the Canes were a textbook example of that. New York mustered just 17 shots on goal. Forget trying to find time and space in the slot in the offensive zone; the Rangers had no space to navigate out of their own end. They couldn’t solve Carolina’s forecheck, which was bolstered by how well the defensemen were pinching, and the result was that most of the game was spent in New York’s end.


Moment of the game: When Carolina finally scored on the power play. Controlling the even-strength battle is vital, yes, but you’re not going to last long if your man advantage can’t convert. The Hurricanes had yet to score on the power play heading into Game 5, but Teuvo Teravainen made sure to snap that streak. Seth Jarvis, who had a tremendous all-around game, made a great pass, and Teravainen made no mistake for what finished as the game winner.


The Carolina Hurricanes have a chance to clinch their second-round NHL playoff series against the New York Rangers in Game 6 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, coming off a 3-1 home win in Game 5. Game 7, if necessary, would be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at PNC Arena in Raleigh (ESPN). The News & Observer’s Chip Alexander and Luke DeCock are at MSG and will have live observations from the scene. Justin Pelletier is following along from Raleigh.


Saturday’s game is available on ESPN (Sean McDonough, Ray Ferraro, Emily Kaplan). Bally Sports South will broadcast a Hurricanes-focused postgame show featuring Abby Labar and Shane Willis. Mike Maniscalco and Willis have the call on the Hurricanes Radio Network (WCMC-99.9 in the Triangle). MORNING UPDATE No changes are expected for the Hurricanes, which means Antti Raanta in net. Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour wouldn’t say whether Frederik Andersen might be available for backup duty, but he did say Jack LaFontaine remained the emergency third goalie, which suggests not. Francis St. Laurent and Gord Dwyer are the referees. That duo worked Game 3 of the first-round series against the Boston Bruins, Steve Barton and Ryan Daisy are the linesmen. The Rangers have won three straight elimination games, coming back from 3-1 down to win their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The only team with a longer home winning streak (five) than the Rangers is ... the Hurricanes (seven).


“I guess we’re kind of used to having our backs against the wall here in these playoffs,” Rangers defenseman — and, briefly, Hurricanes prospect — Adam Fox said Saturday. “I think we know how to play when we’re in this situation. Try really hard, try to get the win, try to take it back to Carolina.” Among the celebrities expected at MSG on Saturday night: Mariano Rivera.


Rangers vs. Hurricanes Game 6: Live score, updates, highlights from second round of 2022 NHL playoffs


There is one more spot open in the NHL's conference finals, and that could be decided Saturday night in Game 6 of the Hurricanes vs. Rangers second-round series.


Carolina holds a 3-2 series lead after grabbing a 3-1 win on Thursday night. It is one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning. On the other side, New York is looking to fight off elimination and force a winner-take-all Game 7 on Monday.


The Rangers are no strangers to having their backs against the wall. In the first round, they battled back from down 3-1 in the series to defeat the Penguins, overcoming 2-0 deficits in Games 5 and 6 before coming from behind and beating Pittsburgh in overtime in Game 7.


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The pattern the Hurricanes have fallen into works in the Rangers' favor as well. Carolina has been dominant at home, owning a 7-0 record at PNC Arena; while playing away, the Canes have yet to pick up a single win, going 0-5 in these playoffs.


Will the trend continue and New York stays alive? Or can Carolina close out the series? The Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from the potential series-clincher.


Game 6 of the second-round series between the Rangers and Hurricanes will be broadcast on ESPN in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.


The game can be live streamed on ESPN+ or fuboTV (which offers a free trial) in the United States, and SN Now in Canada.

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