New York Islanders (15-16-8) at Carolina Hurricanes (20-15-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 14, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -137 / New York Islanders +111 --- Over/Under:
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The Carolina Hurricanes look to stay red hot on home ice as they welcome in the New York Islanders to Raleigh on Saturday night.
The Islanders scored a big 5-2 win on the road against the Buffalo Sabres last night and they will look for a repeat as they take on a Hurricanes side that has been excellent at home this season and is coming off a 5-2 victory of their own last night. The Islanders have been a disappointment so far this season as they are a game under the .500 mark and got off to a really slow start, but with points in seven of their last 10 and some momentum generated after a nice effort last night they should be in a good position to keep this one competitive at the very least. The Isles are likely to stick with Thomas Greiss in this spot despite playing in a back to back as he will face off against either Eddie Lack or Cam Ward.
The Hurricanes have been very good on home ice this season as they look for their 14th win of the season in Raleigh and after a convincing win last night they are out for more against an inconsistent Islanders side. Carolina is 19-15-3 so far this season and they are 12-2 in their last 14 home games and with the Isles struggling when playing in the back end of a double header the Canes should be in the drivers seat in this one despite their sluggish record against the Metropolitan division. The Canes are still a young group but their youth has stepped up big time this season and it’ll be interesting to see how active they are in either direction when it comes to the NHL trade deadline.
The Isles are 1-4 in their last five overall and 7-20 in their last 27 against the East while the Canes are 5-2 in their last seven in the back end of a double header and 17-37 in their last 54 Saturday games. Carolina is playing the better hockey of these two sides and being at home they get the nod despite the odds not being great.