New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Carolina Hurricanes -120 / New York Islanders +100
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The New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in game three of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series from the PNC Arena in NHL action on Wednesday.
The New York Islanders will look to fight back after falling into an 0-2 hole to Carolina after a 2-1 loss at home in game two last time out.
Mathew Barzal opened the scoring for the Islanders in the latter stages of the opening period and the Isles would ride that goal into the 1st intermission, taking a 1-0 lead into the 2nd. The lead would hold up through the 2nd 20 minutes and carry over into the 3rd.
Will Foegele scored just :17 into the 3rd to tie the game and Nino Niederreiter would give Carolina the lead just :48 later and Carolina would ride the 2-1 cushion through the 3rd to take a 2-0 lead back home in the hopes of a sweep to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
Petr Mrazek left the game with a lower body injury, leaving Curtis McElhinney to take over in relief, getting the win to improve to 1-0-0 for Carolina after stopping all 17 shots faced in the win. Robin Lehner took the loss for the Islanders, falling to 4-2-0 after allowing both goals on 18 shots faced in the defeat.
New York is 5-0 in their last 5 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 conference semifinal games. Carolina is 19-7 in their last 26 home games and 37-17 in their last 54 games overall while the under is 6-1-3 in their last 10 conference semifinal games. The road team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and New York is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Carolina.
Carolina has been a tough out at home in these playoffs, winning all three of their games against Washington and being one of the better home teams in the league this season. However, New York has already lost home ice, and I think the Isles understand the gravity of the hole they’ve dug themselves into here. With their backs up against a wall, I expect the Islanders to come out fighting so I’ll side with New York to get on the series scoreboard with a win here.