Carolina Hurricanes at New York Islanders
|Date & Time||Friday April 26, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
New York Islanders -125 / Carolina Hurricanes +105
CBC, Sportsnet, TVA, NBCS
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders meet in game one of their Eastern Conference semifinals series from Barclays Center on Friday night.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to keep their momentum going after dethroning the defending Stanley Cup champions, taking down the Washington Capitals in seven games after a 4-3 double overtime win on Wednesday. Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the opening period before Sebastian Aho finally got the Hurricanes on the board just before the midway point of the second period. Washington restored the two-goal cushion before Teuvo Teravainen cut the deficit back to 3-2. Jordan Staal tied the game at three with the lone goal of the 3rd period. The first overtime solved nothing and the first half of double OT did the same before Brock McGinn delivered the game winner for the ‘Canes, sending Carolina to the second round for the first time since 2009. Petr Mrazek got the win to improve to 4-3-0 this postseason after stopping 34 of 37 shots faced in the win.
The New York Islanders come into the series rested after sweeping a perennial playoff contender in the Pittsburgh Penguins four games to none following a 3-1 win in game four back on April 16th. Pittsburgh opened the scoring just :35 into the game before Jordan Eberle tied the game just 1:34 later for the Isles. Brock Nelson gave the Islanders the lead before the end of the opening frame, taking a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. The score would hold up through the 2nd and most of the 3rd before Josh Bailey secured the sweep with an empty-netter to advance to the second round for just the second time since 1993. Robin Lehner got the win to improve to 4-0-0 this postseason after stopping 32 of 33 shots faced in the win.
Carolina is 35-17 in their last 52 games overall and 1-6 in their last 7 games as an underdog while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. New York is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 38-18 in their last 56 games overall while the under is 35-15-3 in their last 53 games against a team with a winning record. The underdog is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and Carolina is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams in New York.
The Islanders being favored at home makes sense as the Isles are rested and have proven to be a strong home team this season. However, we saw in Thursday’s Columbus-Boston game, a long layoff may not always be the best scenario as all that time to rest kills whatever momentum you had from the sweep. Sure, Columbus was on the road at Boston, but Carolina just took down the defending champions and despite the fact that the home team won six of the seven games in that series, the Canes showed that the moment isn’t too big for the team and that they can handle the pressure of winning on the road when it matters. I think Carolina steals home ice in game one, so I’ll take a shot with Carolina and the plus money on Friday.