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Rangers now favorite in East after 2-0 start vs.  Hurricanes
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Rangers now favorite in East after 2-0 start vs. Hurricanes

The Eastern Conference is for the Rangers who need to win after taking a 2-0 lead over the Hurricanes.

The Blueshirts are prohibitive favorites to come out of the East, with BetMGM Sportsbook pegging them at +145 to win the conference heading into Wednesday’s Stanley Cup Playoff action.

Despite winning the Presidents’ Trophy and beating the Capitals in the first round, the Rangers were a significant underdog against Carolina before the second round.

But after two straight home wins as underdogs, the Rangers are now in control of the Hurricanes, who have consistently been one of the top Stanley Cup contenders throughout the 2023-24 season.

The Rangers are now a heavy favorite at -300 to advance to the conference finals and +425 to sweep the Canes.

If they can take care of Carolina, the Rangers would face the winner of the Bruins and Panthers series.


Jalen Chatfield #5 of the Carolina Hurricanes defends against Braden Schneider #4 of the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2024 in New York City.
Jalen Chatfield #5 of the Carolina Hurricanes defends against Braden Schneider #4 of the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2024 in New York City. Getty Images

With the series shifting to Raleigh, the Rangers are once again an underdog (+145, BetMGM) ahead of Thursday’s Game 3.

It’s been a wild ride for the Blueshirts, who entered the season with a shot at winning their first title since 1994 but were far from a shoo-in to make a deep playoff run.

The Rangers found themselves outside the inner circle of contenders in the Eastern preseason, recording the fifth-best odds (+700) to win the open conference.


Betting on the NHL?


By the time the postseason started, the Rangers had become popular with the betting public to walk away with the Stanley Cup.

Before the series against the Hurricanes, the Rangers were the fifth favorite to win the Stanley Cup at +650, but they quickly increased the odds and are now at +425, tied with the Avalanche and Oilers for best odds in the competition. League.