New York Islanders (0-2, best of seven) @ Carolina Hurricanes (2-0, best of seven)
May 1, 2019, 7:00 PM EST (PNC Arena)
Moneyline: New York Islanders +110/ Carolina Hurricanes -130
Puckline: Carolina Hurricanes -1.5 , O/U 5
NHL Playoff Scores Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders
In a surprising turn of events, the Carolina Hurricanes have “out-defensed” the New York Islanders to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Semi Series. As the Hurricanes head home, to PNC Arena, will the defensive domination continue?
New York Islanders
Defense wins championships. It’s what Barry Trotz should be preaching, considering his style and the reasons he was brought over to the Islanders to coach. This helped them get through the Pittsburgh Penguins and still keeps the Isles at the top of the Goals Against list.
Robin Lehner is posting a .952 SV% and a 1.47 GAA, both of which lead all starting goaltenders in the NHL playoffs. The first round of the playoffs for Lehner were eye opening, with Lehner not allowing more than a goal after game one. And round two, for Lehner, has been more of the same.
It’s all fun and games until you look at the scoring for the Islanders. They are last in GoalsFor, when comparing every team left in the playoffs.
Lineup the Islanders 15 goals with every playoff team, and you’ll notice they are surrounded by teams that have been eliminated. Obviously, that doesn’t bode well.
Carolina has been the top earning CorsiFor team for the entire season. When watching the Hurricanes get past the Capitals, you could see they were skating circles around them, despite having to go to seven games.
In the regular season, the Islanders earned a 27th ranked CorsiFor% and had the second least CorsiFor events. This matchup WAS perfect for the Canes, but injuries are starting to pile up.
Petr Mrazek, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Michael Ferland, Jordan Martinook, and Andrei Svechnikov are listed as OUT or will play hurt tonight. Not all of the injuries are new, but seeing them pile up is causing pause, in regards to picking the Canes to take a 3-0 series lead.
Curtis McElhinney should be the key factor tonight. Over the regular season, he had a .912 save percentage. Blanking the Isles on Sunday was great, but averaging his numbers over the regular season means the Canes could be looking at three or four goals against to overcome.
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New York Islanders
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Islanders’ last 5 games.
NY Islanders are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.
NY Islanders are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Carolina are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Carolina’s last 6 games against NY Islanders.
Carolina are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
Free NHL Predictions New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes
This is such a hard game to pick because it feels so unbelievable that the Islanders are going to be down 3-0 to the Hurricanes. The Islanders are by no means unbeatable, but their ability to stifle even the most hardened of offenses would cause one to believe the Canes were next.
The injuries are a major factor for the Hurricanes and shouldn’t be overlooked. McElhinney had a season long save percentage of .912, including a 3 goal victory over the Islanders (in which he only stopped 90.3% of the shots).
This is all here to help you be more informed. But we can’t ignore how the Hurricanes turn into a completely different team at home. Those bunch of jerks tore apart the defending Stanley Cup Champions and I think the Islanders are a more vulnerable foe.