Carolina Hurricanes (28-9-8) vs. New York Islanders (23-19-5)
January 21, 2023 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders +110 / Carolina Hurricanes -138; Over/Under: +5.5
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The Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the UBS Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Carolina Hurricanes Preview
The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Andrei Svechnikov leads Carolina with 19 goals, Brent Burns has 23 assists and Martin Necas has 150 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Pyotr Kochetkov has allowed 43 goal on 497 shots faced, and Antti Raanta has allowed 42 goals on 395 shots.
The New York Islanders Preview
The New York Islanders are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 16 goals, Mathew Barzal has 30 assists and Anders Lee has 129 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 77 goals on 1,037 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 39 goals on 426 shots.
The Hurricanes are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 18-6 in their last 24 overall. The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The over is 8-1 in Hurricanes last 9 overall. The under is 7-1 in Islanders last 8 overall. The Hurricanes are 22-7 in the last 29 meetings in New York and 11-2 in the last 13 meetings. The favorite is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Hurricanes are playing the more consistent hockey, and they’ve done a lot of their recent damage on the road. The Islanders continue to struggle and there should be a dip in confidence with this club. With that said, the Islanders are still good enough defensively to back with confidence in the underdog role. At home, I’ll take my chances.