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Record: 112-109, + -5.4 units, -2.4 percent ROI
Market Report for Saturday, May 28th
Game 7 between the Rangers and Hurricanes. Let’s look at things from a betting perspective.
New York Rangers (+ 120) at Carolina Hurricanes (-140)
Carolina won’t be able to win a Stanley Cup if they can’t win on the road, but they can forget about that for now. The Hurricanes haven’t lost at home in the playoffs, and they just must win one more game to play at least four more in against the Tampa Bay Lightning the conference finals. Then again, Igor Shesterkin only must steal one game and that’s well within the realm of possibilities. Antti Raanta was awful in Game 6, and his poor play helped the Rangers steal the momentum away from the Hurricanes. He’s been great in the playoffs, but for the second series in a row, he and the Hurricanes have failed to put a team away in Game 6. Carolina is the better team overall, but the Rangers have been able to close the gap with great goaltending. Saturday’s seven-goal game was the first to go over the total in the series, but the betting market is wise to the fact that scoring is typically lower in a Game 7. The median number of goals scored is 4.5 since 2011 and 17 of the last 25 have stayed under 5.5 goals. The total for this game is set at five (over -140) and that’s appropriate given the trend, and how the series has played out. After six games, the teams appear to be much more evenly matched than my model predicted, and it now suggests a fair price for the game ought to be around -142, which is in line with the market.