Free NHL Picks Today: New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes 3/21/23

Free NHL Picks Today: New York Rangers vs Carolina Hurricanes 3/21/23
Tue 21st March 2023

The Carolina Hurricanes (45-15-8) are on the road to face the New York Rangers (41-19-10), who will be looking to extend their winning run, at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Carolina is coming off a high-scoring 5-4 overtime win over the Flyers on Saturday.

The Hurricanes committed four penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal. Sebastian Aho was the top goalscorer for the Hurricanes with a hat trick. Frederik Andersen allowed four goals on 33 shots against (.878%) in the win.

New York is wrapping up a five-game homestand after a 7-0 win over the Predators on Sunday, their fourth straight win. K’Andre Miller was the leading goal scorer for the Rangers, netting twice. Jaroslav Halak had a dominant performance with 22 saves to earn his first shutout of the season.


The Rangers have won both games between the teams this season, including a 6-2 victory in their most recent meeting in February, their fourth straight win against Carolina.

Artemi Panarin led New York with five points (4G 1A). Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Teuvo Teravainen were on the scoresheet for Carolina. Halak got the win, saving 27 of 29 shots (.931%).


Carolina is averaging 3.31 goals per game for the season, 12th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Rangers team that is allowing 2.70 goals a game (7th).

Meanwhile, New York has found the net 3.36 times a game on average, 10th in the league, and the Hurricanes are holding opponents to 2.57 goals per game (2nd).

Carolina averages more shots (34.9) than most teams in the league, ranking third, though the team’s 9.7% shooting percentage is 20th. New York’s average of 31.8 attempts ranks 15th.

The Rangers’ 22.90% power play percentage ranks ninth in the league, while the Hurricanes are 16th with a conversion rate of 21.30%. Carolina has been equally strong at penalty killing, boasting the league’s third-highest PK% at 83.41%. New York ranks 15th at 79.80%.


With 64 points this season, Martin Necas is the top skater for the Hurricanes. He has 27 goals and 37 assists in 68 games. In the net, Pyotr Kochetkov (11-6-5) is Carolina’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.38 GAA and a .909% save percentage.

Andersen (18-7-0) leads the Hurricanes in games played in goal. He has a GAA of 2.47 and a save percentage of .902%. Panarin and Mika Zibanejad lead the Rangers in scoring with 80 and 77 points, respectively.

Panarin has 23 goals and 57 assists (9th) in 70 games, while Zibanejad has 37 goals and 40 assists in 70 games. Igor Shesterkin (32-11-7) is the top goalie for New York with a goals against average of 2.57. He has a save percentage of .912%.


Carolina is 21-7-6 on the road this season. New York has won four straight at home this season.

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NY Rangers (-115)

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