(3) NY Rangers vs. Carolina (4)
PICK: Pointsbet @ NYR (110)
DATE: August 1, 2020 - 12:00 PM
STAR RATING: 6.0
EXPERT: Alex B Smith
EVALUATION: Loss (-600)
It's a whole new world as the 2020 NHL Postseason opens up with this new Best-of-5 Qualifiying Series round on Saturday. The first game to hit the ice in Toronto is between the New York Rangers and the Carolina Hurricanes. This is one match-up that the location shouldn't have too much of an effect on the series, mainly because the Blueshirts have dominated the 'Canes no matter where they've played over the last several seasons. NYR has won 5 straight meetings and 12 of their last 15 showdowns versus Carolina, and in most of those games, the Rangers were actuallly outshot on net despite consistently picking up victories. Now with a fully healthy line-up that includes forward Chris Kreider, who had been out right before the pandemic shut down the season, and the play of rookie goaltender Igor Shesterkin, I like for New York to continue their winning ways against the Hurricanes here on Saturday afternoon to open up the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Play on the Rangers.