New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 10/11/14 NHL Pick, Odds, Prediction
Carolina Hurricanes (0-0-0) at New York Islanders (0-0-0)
NHL Hockey: Saturday
The Line: New York Islanders -170 / Carolina Hurricanes +154 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders will meet for the second day in a row when they play Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. These two teams played Friday and the Islanders won, 5-3.
Cam Ward allowed five goals on 26 shots and has now lost five of his last six games he’s played in. It certainly wasn’t the best start for the nine-year veteran and has to have Carolina fans thinking the worst already this early in the season. Offensively, Eric Staal, Nathan Gerbe and Chris Terry were the three goal scorers for the Hurricanes, and it has to be nice to see Staal getting off to a strong start after a solid year last season. Still, the Carolina Hurricanes started off sluggish and didn’t score a goal until early in the third period. It certainly wasn’t the start you would expect in a home season opener.
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The New York Islanders jumped on the Carolina Hurricanes early with two goals in the first period and didn’t look back. Brock Nelson was the leader for New York, as he racked up two goals and two assists in the victory, which certainly isn’t a bad start in just his second season. Travis Hamonic was really aggressive with a solid four shots on goal, while Johnny Boychuk had one goal and two assists. The star of the game for the Islanders, however, was goalie Jaroslav Halak, who blocked 21 of 24 shot attempts, making a strong impression on his new team. The New York Islanders were aggressive from the very beginning, took advantage of power plays and overall played a solid game of hockey. New York fans can only hope that style of play carries over when they return home.
The Hurricanes are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 17-37 in their last 54 games playing on 0 days rest. The Islanders are 28-62 in their last 90 games playing on 0 days rest and 8-21 in their last 29 home games. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New York.
It's tough to lay some much juice on a team that's not that great. However, if the Islanders can play with the same energy as Friday, they should have no problem starting the season off 2-0 and getting a win in front of their home fans.