New York Islanders (38-29-12) at Carolina Hurricanes (35-30-14)
|Date & Time||Thursday April 6, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -135 / New York Islanders +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The New York Islanders look to jeep their faint playoff hopes alive as they head into Raleigh to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
The Islanders head into Raleigh with their season on the line on Thursday night as they currently sit five points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference but they will be in tough here against a Canes side that has been great at home this season. New York’s playoff hopes may have gone up in smoke last week when John Tavares went down with an injury and he likely won’t return this season, which at this rate for the Isles looks as though it will come to an end this weekend as they have a huge mountain to climb with just three regular season games left on their schedule. New York is expected to send Thomas Griess to the crease as he will match up against Cam Ward in a game that figures to have a bunch of goals between the two sides.
The Canes meanwhile are coming off a tough loss against the Minnesota Wild but they return home here looking to finish off their regular season with a strong of victories, starting on Thursday night against the New York Islanders. The Canes have been an interesting team to watch this season as they have gone on stretches where they look like a Cup contender and others where they look like a lottery team which makes sense that they are in the cluster of also rans in the Eastern Conference and while they will fall short of the playoffs they do look like a group that is fast improving and should be relevant as early as next season.
The Isles are 5-1 in their last six road games and 7-2 in their last nine Thursday games while the Canes are 4-0 in their last four Thursday games and 5-2 in their last seven against the East. The Isles are higher in the standings but I think their playoff bid comes to an end tonight as they lose to the Canes in Raleigh.