Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders Matchup Preview

Two squads currently on losing skids, the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders collide at the Barclays Center for a divisional showdown. MSG Network will showcase the matchup, and the action gets underway at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18.

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders Odds

New York (-115) is currently favored over Carolina (-105), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

New York is 30-41 straight up (SU) and has recorded -11.2 units for moneyline bettors thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (41-41). Of its 71 games this season, 43 have gone over the total, while 25 have gone under and just three have pushed. The teams 16-17 SU at home this year.

The Islanders have been able to convert on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 32nd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 74.5 percent of all penalties.

As a team, the Islanders have been penalized just 3.4 times per game overall this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The teams had to stave off opposition power plays for 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.

Averaging 29.6 saves per game with a .906 save percentage, Jaroslav Halak (18 wins, 31 losses, and six OT losses) has been the top goalkeeper for New York this season. If head coach Doug Weight chooses to give him the evening off, however, New York could turn to Thomas Greiss (12-12-12 record, .891 save percentage, 3.84 goals against average).

The Isles will continue to rely on leadership from Mathew Barzal and John Tavares. Barzal (72 points) is up to 19 goals and 53 assists and has recorded multiple points in 15 different games this year. Tavares has 32 goals and 38 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 40 games.

On the other side of the rink, Carolina is 30-41 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 71 regular season outings, 38 of its games have gone under the total, while 30 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the away team, the Hurricanes are 14-21 SU.

The Hurricanes have converted on 19.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.2 percent of all penalties.

Carolina’s skaters have been whistled for penalties only 2.8 times per game in total this season, 2.6 per game over their last five games total, and 2.4 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 5.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Cam Ward (2.78 goals against average and .904 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Carolina. Ward is averaging 24.8 saves per game and owns a 19-19-4 record.

For the visiting Hurricanes, the offense will run through Teuvo Teravainen (21 goals, 36 assists) and Sebastian Aho (25 goals, 31 assists).

Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Five of New York’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 1-4 overall in those games.
  • Carolina has allowed 3.1 goals per game overall this year, but is allowing 5.3 goals per matchup over its three-game losing skid.
  • Penalties and power plays may be critical tonight. The Hurricanes are 16-24 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 24-34 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Islanders are 11-22 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 19-31 when total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Two of New York’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 0-2 in those games and 3-3 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The over has hit in four of New York’s last five games.
  • New York skaters have averaged 13.4 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 11.1 giveaways per game (ranked 26th in the league).
  • Carolina skaters have averaged 7.0 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 9.8 giveaways per game (ranked 19th in the NHL).
  • The Isles this season have handed the 11th-most hits in the NHL (22.6 per game).