Hurricanes vs. Islanders - 3/26/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (39-25-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (32-28-14)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +104 / New York Islanders -115 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, FSS
The New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes meet Saturday night at the PNC Arena.
The New York Islanders could use a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 27 goals, Brock Nelson has 12 assists and Kyle Okposo has 173 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 85.4 percent of their power play chances. Thomas Greiss has allowed 75 goals on 1,025 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has given up 80 goals on 984 shots. Greiss has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The Carolina Hurricanes could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power plays. Jeff Skinner leads Carolina with 25 goals, Jordan Staal has 25 assists and Victor Rask has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.3 percent of their power play chances. Cam Ward has allowed 111 goals on 1,193 shots faced and Eddie Lack has given up 77 goals on 832 shots. Ward has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 0-6 in their last 6 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 vs. a team with a losing record. The Hurricanes are 29-61 in their last 90 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings.
Neither team is playing good hockey down the stretch, so we might as well take the home team that's getting plus money. Not to mention the Islanders are on the end of a back to back. I like the value of the Hurricanes in this spot.