New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Friday May 3, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Line: New York Islanders +117 / Carolina Hurricanes -141 -- Over/Under: 5
The New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes meet Friday in game four of the NHL second round at the PNC Arena.
The New York Islanders need a victory here if they’re going to save their season and force a game five on Sunday. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jordan Eberle leads New York with four goals, Mathew Barzal has five assists and Anders Lee has 19 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing two goals per game and are killing 95 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 12 goals on 222 shots faced. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Carolina Hurricanes look to build on their five-game winning streak to complete the sweep and advance to the conference finals. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 8.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Warren Foegele leads Carolina with five goals, Jaccob Slavin has 12 assists and Justin Faulk has 37 shots on goal. Defensively, the Carolina Hurricanes are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Petr Mrazek has allowed 20 goals on 230 shots and Curtis McElhinney has given up two goals on 47 shots. The Carolina Hurricanes have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last eight games.
The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 22-5 in their last 27 games as a favorite and 16-5 in their last 21 playoff games as a favorite. The Islanders are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Carolina and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 47-19-2 in Islanders last 68 overall. The under is 5-2 in Hurricanes last 7 home games.
The New York Islanders have been solid in the road underdog role where they've won 12 of their last 18 games, but they've done little to nothing in this series offensively and are coming off a period in which they were just blasted, so confidence can't be too high for this club. The Carolina Hurricanes have won five straight games that goes back to game six against the Washington Capitals, and they seem to have everything working the moment, especially offensively where they're averaging 3.4 goals during this winning streak. The Carolina Hurricanes have won six straight games as a home favorite and 15 of their last 19 as well. It's hard to bet against the Hurricanes right now. Give me the sweep.