The playoff series between the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes has had plenty of drama through the first two games, but it has not had many goals scored. The two teams have combined for just four goals through the first two games, both of which were won by the Carolina Hurricanes. New York will now be forced to go on the road to Carolina and try to steal back a few wins to get the series back home.
Carolina has now won four straight games dating back to their first-round series against the Washington Capitals. The Hurricanes were able to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions in round one and are off to a great start in this series. New York swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, and the long layoff appears to have affected them coming into this series. The Carolina Hurricanes are -120 over the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the series.
Islanders Just Can’t Score
The New York Islanders have not been a very high scoring team all season long, but they are in a major drought in this series. New York averaged just 2.72 goals per game during the regular season, and they can’t seem to find the net against the Hurricanes. Right winger Jordan Eberle leads the team with four goals and seven points so far this postseason, but the Islanders need to have other players step up. Center Mathew Barzal has scored the lone goal in this series for the Islanders.
Goaltending and defense have been great for New York all season long, and that has been the case again in this series. Goalie Robin Lehner has stopped over 95 percent of the shots that he has faced in this postseason and has allowed just three goals so far to the Hurricanes. The Islanders know that they can stop the Carolina offense, but at some point, they are going to have to score.
Hurricanes Goalie Could Miss Game 3
Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek left the Hurricanes’ Game 2 victory with a lower-body injury, and his status for Game 3 is up in the air. Mrazek has been a star so far in these playoffs, posting a pair of shutouts and stopping 92 percent of shots that he faced. Curtis McElhinney came on in relief in Game 2 and stopped all 17 shots that he faced.
It’s not like the Hurricanes have been scoring a ton of goals in this postseason, but their offense has been just good enough. Defenseman Jaccob Slavin has yet to tally a goal in the playoffs, but he does lead the team with 10 points and 10 assists. Warren Foegele leads the team with five goals, including a tally in Game 2. Carolina won’t blow anyone away with their offense, but they can score enough to win.
With or Without Mrazek, Carolina Wins
ven though the Hurricanes might be without their starting goalie in this game, it might not matter against the Islanders. New York just can’t generate any offense during this series, and playing on the road won’t make things easier. Carolina is going to take a 3-0 lead in this series. Bet the Carolina Hurricanes -120 over the New York Islanders.