NHL Playoffs 2022: Odds, Hot Takes, Top Storylines for May 20 Schedule | Bleacher report

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    The Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames were both victorious on their home ice Wednesday. Now both have the opportunity to take a 2-0 lead in their respective series on Friday. And if that happens, the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers could be in trouble.

    In Game 1 of the Hurricanes-Rangers series, Carolina remained scoreless for the first 57 minutes and 37 seconds of the game. Then Sebastian Aho completed with a late goal and the Hurricanes won 3-12 after overtime through Ian Cole’s goal.

    The Flames and Oilers played a wild Game 1 with a lot of offense. Matthew Tkachuk had a hat trick, including each of Calgary’s last two goals in a 9-6 win. The two teams were tied at 6 early in the third period before the Flames rose late.

    Here’s a look at Friday’s schedule, along with odds, predictions and storylines to watch out for.

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    Game 2: New York Rangers (+150; bet $100 to $150) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (-175; bet $175 to win $100), 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

    Game 2: Edmonton Oilers (+150) v Calgary Flames (-175), 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

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    Rangers were two minutes and 23 seconds from a Game 1 win. If they could have ruled out the Hurricanes to win the opener, it could have made a big statement to open the series. Instead, New York couldn’t shut it down.

    Carolina won all four home games against the Boston Bruins in the first round, so is yet to lose this postseason at PNC Arena. And it seems likely that the Hurricanes will continue to play well there.

    There’s a good chance Carolina will keep his momentum and win Game 2. Goalkeeper Antti Raanta played well in the first set, making 27 saves and keeping New York scoreless in the final 52-53. And the Hurricanes’ offensive could get underway after their late Game 1 surge.

    It helps that Carolina is produced by a large number of players on the offensive end of the ice.

    “Teams that win see a lot of guys on the scoring charts,” Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck said, according to the Associated Press’ Aaron Beard.

    That could make it difficult for New York to slow Carolina down, especially if the hurricanes really get going. But if Carolina wants to end that streak quickly, she’ll have to play better away after losing all three away games in Boston in the first round.

    The Hurricanes should continue to play well if this series moves to New York, and as a better team, they could be on their way to a sweep. Don’t be surprised if Carolina wins the next three games to advance.

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    The Oilers had some positives to take from their Game 1 loss. They were 5-1 down at the start of the second period, but they kept pushing in attack. Because of this, Edmonton tied the game 6-6 when Kailer Yamamoto scored a goal 1:28 in the third period.

    But it’s a challenge to win a game conceding nine goals like the Oilers. Starting goalkeeper Mike Smith got off to a difficult start, conceding three goals in the first 6:05, then Mikko Koskinen gave up five goals including three in the final 17:03.

    “We fought back and made it a game, but we can’t feel good in any way because we scored six goals in a game and found a way not to win it,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said, according to the Associated Press .

    In Game 2, the Oilers will likely continue to play well on offense. Leon Draisaitl (six goals this postseason) and Connor McDavid (five) continue to lead the way, and they’re talented enough to continue driving Edmonton’s offense this series.

    Whether Smith or Koskinen is at the net in Game 2, the Oilers should do better defensively. Smith had two shutouts against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, so he’s capable of much better performances.

    Slowing down Calgary’s offense will be a challenge, but expect Edmonton to do enough to win Game 2 and even that series before going home for Games 3 and 4.

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