Hurricanes' Guentzel and Rangers' Lafreniere Set to Shine in Game 5

The Carolina Hurricanes face elimination in Game 5 against the New York Rangers, trailing 3-1 in their NHL playoff series. The Rangers aim to close out the series on home ice, with key players like Jake Guentzel and Mika Zibanejad expected to deliver clutch performances.

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Hurricanes' Guentzel and Rangers' Lafreniere Set to Shine in Game 5

Hurricanes' Guentzel and Rangers' Lafreniere Set to Shine in Game 5

The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers are gearing up for a crucial Game 5 in their NHL playoff series on Monday at Madison Square Garden. With the Rangers leading the series 3-1, the pressure is on the new, hurricanes to stay alive and force a Game 6.

The Hurricanes managed to stave off elimination with a narrow 4-3 victory in Game 4, but the Rangers remain heavily favored to advance to the Eastern Conference Final. The intensity of the series has been high, with each game being decided by a single goal.

All eyes will be on key players like Carolina's Jake Guentzel and New York's Alexis Lafreniere to deliver clutch performances. Guentzel, who has scored 11 goals in 10 playoff games against the Rangers, is expected to find the back of the net in Game 5. FanDuel offers the best odds for Guentzel to score at +200.

For the Rangers, Mika Zibanejad has been a consistent playmaker, recording an assist in 14 consecutive games, including four against the Hurricanes in this series. DraftKings has Zibanejad's best odds to record an assist at -120. Defenseman Adam Fox is also expected to contribute with an assist, having done so in four straight games prior to Game 4. His best odds are -110 via DraftKings.

The Rangers have been the more dominant team overall, with a 9-1-0 record in their last 10 games, averaging 3.5 goals and 6.2 assists per game. They have scored a total of 278 goals this season (3.4 per game) and boast a 25-9-0 record against Metropolitan Division opponents.

The Hurricanes, despite trailing in the series, have put up a strong fight. They have a +66 scoring differential, with 277 total goals scored and 211 allowed. In their last 10 games, the Hurricanes have gone 5-2-3, averaging 3.4 goals and 6 assists per game.

Injuries could play a role in Game 5, with the Rangers' Filip Chytil listed as day-to-day with an illness and Blake Wheeler out for the season with a lower-body injury. The Hurricanes will be without Jesper Fast (upper-body) and Brett Pesce (lower-body) for the remainder of the playoffs.

As the puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, the Hurricanes will be fighting for their playoff lives, while the Rangers aim to close out the series on home ice. With the betting odds favoring the Hurricanes at -113 and the Rangers at -107, and an over/under of 5.5 goals, Game 5 promises to be another thrilling chapter in this intense playoff rivalry.

Key Takeaways

  • Rangers lead series 3-1, Hurricanes face elimination in Game 5.
  • Each game in the series has been decided by a single goal.
  • Jake Guentzel (+200) and Mika Zibanejad (-120) are key players to watch.
  • Rangers have dominated with 9-1-0 record in last 10 games, averaging 3.5 goals.
  • Injuries to Chytil, Wheeler, Fast, and Pesce may impact Game 5 outcome.