How to Watch Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers: NHL Playoffs Second Round Game 4 Live Stream, TV Channel, Start Time
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NHL Playoffs Odds: Hurricanes vs. Rangers Game 4 prediction, odds and pick – 5/24/2022
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Game four of this second-round matchup continues tonight as the New York Rangers host the Carolina Hurricanes. The series is now 2-1 in favor of the Hurricanes after the Rangers came up huge with a win in game three to give themselves a chance to win this series. The Hurricanes have had trouble winning on the road this postseason, can they pull off a win tonight to go up 3-1 on the Rangers? It’s time to continue our NHL odds series with a Hurricanes-Rangers prediction and pick.
Perhaps it is time for Chris Drury to speed dial Pierre Racicot.
Remember back in training camp when the Blueshirts’ newly minted president-general manager invited the newly retired NHL linesman to work with the team on its perpetual issues at the faceoff dots?
Racicot’s counsel paid some dividends during the season, maybe scant, but the Blueshirts did improve from 44.5 percent a year ago — a performance that was not only last in the league but the next-to-worst record of any club in nine seasons — to 48.1 percent this year, 24th in the league.
Even more encouraging is that the Blueshirts were just over 50 percent for the final 22 games of the season dating back to March 17.
But the Rangers have regressed since the opening puck drop of the playoffs, dropping back to 42.8 percent that ranks last among the 16 tournament qualifiers. If there is good news to be gleaned from all these stats, it is that the mighty two-time running Stanley Cup champion Lightning — next on the docket if the Blueshirts advance — are 15th.
If there is bad news to be gleaned by perusing the numbers it is that the Blueshirts have gotten worse in this round against Carolina, entering Tuesday’s Game 4 at the Garden having won merely 41.9 percent of their draws against the ‘Canes. They were 20-for-49 in Game 1, 27-for-62 in Game 2 and 26-for-63 in Game 3.
Of course, all faceoffs are not created equal. But in losing these battles at the dots so consistently, the Rangers find themselves in almost constant chase of the puck. That is certainly a factor in the club’s inability to generate a meaningful quantity of high quality scoring opportunities against Antti Raanta.
By the way, sometimes this doesn’t make the slightest sense. Because after Kevin Rooney won 11 of his 18 draws in the opening set on the road, the club’s fourth-line center and penalty-killer lost all 10 faceoffs he took in Sunday’s Game 3 at the Garden. So Rooney, who lost all three he took against Vincent Trocheck and Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the two he took against Jordan Staal and Seth Jarvis, is now at 39.3 percent.
On and on it goes (or doesn’t) for the Rangers, who incredibly have not won at least half of their draws since the 2008-09 season. They’ve had Brad Richards and Derek Stepan; Brian Boyle and Dom Moore; Derick Brassard and Kevin Hayes; Brandon Dubinsky and Erik Christensen; John Mitchell and, among others, Drury, himself. There must be something in the water.
Gerard Gallant generally downplays the issue but when he was asked why he had juggled the club’s line combinations for Game 3, the head coach’s explanation went right to the dots of the matter.
I just wanted to get Copper in the middle—a stronger faceoff guy,” Gallant said, referring to Andrew Copp, who shifted from the right side on the Ryan Strome line to center of a remade third unit. “He did pretty well but we still had a lot of trouble at the faceoff dot. That was my thinking.”
General Manager Chris Drury’s first priority following last season’s Tom Wilson incident was to make this squad tougher. The acquisition of Ryan Reaves is now front and center as things got chippy in Game 3.
As the time was ticking down on a a 3-1 Rangers victory on Sunday night, two things happened that appear to have wakened a sleeping giant.
Hurricanes forward Max Domi cross-checked Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren as the horn was sounding to end the game. A wrestling match between the two ensued with Reaves being held back by the linesman.
At the same time, Rangers head coach Gerrard Gallant was in a shouting match with former Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo. The two could be seen chirping back and forth as the scrum on the ice was being broken up. On several video outlets, Gallant was seen saying “shut the f–k up” to DeAngelo and showing him the chirp sign.
Turk, as Gallant is affectionately known, was not happy with the game-ending cheap shot and let the Hurricanes know that the Blueshirts were not afraid to engage in the same style of hockey if needed.
“I wasn’t happy with the bullshit at the end of the game they initiated,” Gallant explained. “We didn’t do that when the games were close. They want to put their guys on that’s fine. If they want to play like that we’ve got the guys that can match that.
The company line for the Hurricanes following the Max Domi-induced fisticuffs at the end of Game 3 has been to scoff at the Rangers’ reaction to the situation.
“That was literally a nothing play,” Domi told The Post on Tuesday morning, regarding his cross-check on Ryan Lindgren that sent sparks flying. “Not sure what the big overreaction is. A little cross-check isn’t a big deal.”
Rangers coach Gerard Gallant was visibly upset after the game, getting caught on camera cursing at Carolina defensemen Tony DeAngelo and using his postgame press conference to call out the Hurricanes’ handling of the end of the game, which the Rangers won 3-1.
Lindgren has been playing through injury this postseason, visibly struggling at times and taking a puck to the face at one point during Game 2 to add to his troubles. That, doubtless, has added fuel to the Rangers’ feeling about the situation.
Domi had little interest in fanning the flames. While the Rangers are happy to admit the series has gotten nastier — and maybe even say they like it that way — Domi said he doesn’t see much of a difference between Game 1, which saw just one penalty called on each team, and now.
Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour seemed to find the Rangers’ reaction to what happened at the end of Sunday’s Game 3 a bit over the top.
“I didn’t listen to any of that stuff,” Brind’Amour said when comments from the Rangers were relayed to him on Monday. “I don’t know what he’s talking about. It’s not like we have guys that send messages.”
Of course, that was not how coach Gerard Gallant and the rest of the Rangers took it when Max Domi cross-checked Ryan Lindgren after Sunday’s game ended. The ensuing scrum, along with some antics on the part of defenseman Tony DeAngelo, had Gallant fuming following the game, when he said Carolina initiated “bulls–t at the end of the game” and made a not so thinly veiled reference to Ryan Reaves getting back at the Hurricanes.
Though Gallant was more calm about the situation Monday, Reaves leaned into it, saying he hoped the intensity carries into Game 4 and he plans to “go run some people and get in their face.”
“I would hope,” Brind’Amour said to that notion. “I don’t know what he’s waiting for. Everybody’s gonna do what they do this time of year.
He added, sarcastically: “And I’m hoping [Andrei Svechnikov] scores goals. You gotta do what you do this time of year, otherwise what good are you? You gotta contribute and do what you’re supposed to do. I would expect nothing less.”
Besides a scoring chance he couldn’t convert in the opener, Reaves has had a mostly quiet series. That figures to change now as the Rangers go into Game 4 with a response on their minds.
The Hurricanes, though, are downplaying the situation altogether. I don’t know what message we were just sending, I think we were just playing until the final buzzer,” Seth Jarvis said. “Obviously stuff got a little out of hand, but it’s playoff hockey, it’s a series.”
Whether the Hurricanes like it or not, though, the series has turned a corner. After starting out with a tightly played, clean game from both teams, the physical side of things is now front and center.
“It’s playoffs. It’s pretty normal to get hit or make a hit,” Sebastian Aho said. “It’s intense and fast and it’s a battle out there. It’s nothing new there. I’m not surprised if I get hit in a playoff game. Obviously gotta be ready for it, but like I said, it’s a battle out there.”
The New York Rangers look for back-to-back wins when they host the Carolina Hurricanes for Game 4 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, May 24 (5/24/2022) at 7 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN, and can be streamed live on fuboTV, Sling and more live TV services.
New York is on the board with a win after their 3-1 victory at the Garden on Sunday. The Rangers had fallen behind 0-2 when the series began in Raleigh. New York scored once in each period off Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Tyler Motte.
There’s bad blood headed into Game 4 after Carolina forward Max Domi cross-checked Ryan Lindgren in New York’s zone just as the buzzer sounded. Lindgren responded with a slash that brought both teams to the ice as the two players fought.
Of all places, Madison Square Garden is probably the least preferable location for the Carolina Hurricanes to break their road-game hex during these playoffs. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that the Canes had a winless streak in Manhattan that stretched for more than nine years.
But if the Hurricanes are going to make a run to the Stanley Cup, at some point they’re going to win a game in enemy territory. If they can do it tonight, they’ll return to Raleigh on Thursday with a chance to close out the series. Why not make this their final trip to New York this season?
Watch at 7:00 PM ET Tuesday on ESPN when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the NHL Playoffs Second Round. The Hurricanes are up 2-1. The Rangers rank fourth in the Eastern Conference with 110 points and the Hurricanes are second in the Eastern Conference with 116 points.
The final score for Sunday’s Game 3 between the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes may have looked in line with what we saw from the first two games in Raleigh, but anybody watching would tell you that is not the case.
Through the first two games of the series, both teams seemed OK with focusing on playing well-structured defense and keeping the game predictable. That pragmatic style of hockey culminated in Game 2, when the two teams combined for 10 high-danger scoring chances between them at five-on-five.
Also on Monday, goaltender Frederick Andersen skated for about 30 minutes in his first time practicing with the team since suffering a lower-body injury on April 16. Brind'Amour said it was nice to see him out there, but when asked if Andersen would be available to play, Brind'Amour replied, "I'll tell you when he's an option.
The Carolina Hurricanes will meet the New York Rangers in Game 4 of their best of seven playoff series on Tuesday night from Madison Square Garden.
The Hurricanes will look to rebound after a 3-1 loss to the Rangers in game three of the series, while the Rangers will be looking to even up the series before heading back to Carolina for Game 6.
Can the Rangers even up the series? Tune in and find out, here is everything you need to know to watch and stream the NHL Playoff action tonight. sdsadsadwqewqe