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MX News Update 2024


NHL matchups, odds to watch: May 9 identifies the top gameday matchups and players to watch throughout the 2023-2024 season

Please note: betting lines offered by Betway (USA, Ontario)

Game 3: New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m. ET; MAX, truTV, TNT, SN, TVAS, CBC)

NYR puck line (+1.5 goals): -190
CAR puck line (-1.5 goals): +150

The Rangers have a 2-0 lead against the Hurricanes in their best-of-7 series, having won each at home with a goal difference of one. New York is 6-10 on the road in the playoffs since 2022, and Carolina has the most home wins (15) in the NHL over that same span. The Hurricanes have outscored the Rangers 82-62 in the series (25-23 in the opener; 57-39 in Game 2 double-overtime loss), but New York is 4-for-9 on the power play in the series. Three of Carolina’s four wins against the New York Islanders in the first round were multiple goals.

Center Vincent Trocheck scored the overtime goal for the Rangers in Game 2 against his former team and is tied with Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad for the Rangers’ points lead (four in two games) in the second round. Trocheck has scored goals in five straight playoff games. Hurricanes forwards Seth Jarvis and Sebastian Aho are tied for the most points (eight) this postseason; Jarvis leads Carolina in goals this postseason (four) and has had at least three shots on goal in each of the two games against New York in the series.

Game 2: Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars (9:30 p.m. American Airlines Center MAX, truTV, TNT, SN360, SN, TVAS)

3-way money line
COL regulation gain: +165
Immediately after regulation: +320
Gain DAL regulation: +125

The Stars have lost three of their five home games this postseason after the Avalanche rallied from a three-goal deficit for a 4-3 overtime win in Game 1. Colorado forward Valeri Nichushkin is ranked second in the NHL in goals (eight) behind Zach Hyman of the Edmonton Oilers (nine) and is on a six-game scoring streak to start this postseason. The Avalanche lead the NHL in playoff goals per game (5.33), despite facing elite goaltenders Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets and Jake Oettinger of the Stars so far, while Dallas averages the fewest (2. 38) of the remaining play-off teams.

Colorado goaltender Alexandar Georgiev is 5-0 with a .921 save percentage since a 7-6 loss in Game 1 of the first round in Winnipeg, with four of those wins coming in regulation. Star forward Wyatt Johnston leads them in goals (five), points (eight in eight games) and shots on goal (29) this postseason. Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen is quietly tied for the NHL lead in even-strength points (eight in six games) these playoffs.

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