Hurricanes vs. Rangers, Flames vs. Oilers picks, odds: Expert predictions for Stanley Cup Playoffs
Connor McDavid’s ridiculous production in the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the New York Rangers had a comfortable win against Carolina and head back on the road for a crucial Game 5 with the series tied 2-2. Every day during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, The Athletic’s writers will make their picks, straight up. Who was The Guy? Look, it’d be very easy — and accurate — to just give this to Igor Shesterkin for the umpteenth time this postseason. Key stat: Until this changes, it’s always going to be the key stat.
Hurricanes worry meter: 🥴🥴🥴🥴 … Yes, they’ve been the better team in three out of four games. Rangers worry meter: 🙃🙃 … They’re starting to play with a little swagger. What was the key? Edmonton left the first period with less than one-third of the all-situations shot attempts (28. Key stat: 132 feet — that’s the length of Rasmus Andersson’s goal. Rasmus Andersson just scored from the defensive zone to tie the game in the third period.
Flames worry meter: 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯 … They’re heading home for Game 5, but they’re doing so on the brink of elimination with a goalie who looks inexplicably shaky. Oilers worry meter: 🙃🙃 … Look, they have a 3-1 lead, and that should be cause for the Smiling Cowboy. NHL playoff predictions: A scout, coach and executive pick the second-round winners (Photo of Vincent Trocheck and Kaapo Kakko: Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)
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