PNC Arena will play host to an intriguing matchup as the New York Islanders take on the Carolina Hurricanes. This divisional matchup gets started at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 19 and it’s being televised live on MSG Network.
New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes Odds
Playing the role of heavy favorite will be Carolina (-175), while New York is a dog showing moneyline odds of +155, and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -110 money on the over and -110 on the under.
New York is 28-19 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 6.7 units this year. Through 47 regular season contests, 26 of its games have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Islanders team is 13-9 SU on the road.
New York has converted on 18.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 17th overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.
New York, as a collective unit, has been penalized 3.5 times per game overall during the 2019-20 season, and 4.8 per game over its last five outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays an unhealthy 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .915 save percentage and 25.7 saves per game, Semyon Varlamov (16-15-4) has been the best option in goal for New York this year. Varlamov did just play yesterday, however, so head coach Barry Trotz might opt to rest him and turn to Thomas Greiss instead (13-9 record, .921 save percentage, 2.54 goals against average).
The visiting Islanders have relied heavily on Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson this season. Barzal (40 points) has tallied 17 goals and 23 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 11 different games. Nelson has 19 goals and 18 assists to his name (and has notched at least one point in 23 games).
Despite posting a record of 27-21 straight up (SU), Carolina has lost moneyline bettors a total of 3.6 units this season. 27 of its games have gone under the total, while 21 have gone over and none have pushed. It’s 15-9 SU at home this year.
Carolina has converted on 21.6 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all opponent power plays.
Carolina players have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Petr Mrazek (24.3 saves per game) has been the top option in goal for Carolina. Mrazek has 17 wins, 14 losses, and two OT losses and has recorded a subpar .904 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average this year.
The Canes offense will be led by Teuvo Teravainen (nine goals, 36 assists).
New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Hurricanes, O/U – Over
Carolina is 2-0 in games that go to shootout. New York is 3-1 in shootouts.
The total has gone under in each of Carolina’s last five outings.
Carolina has averaged 3.2 goals per game (overall) this season, but has been averaging 1.0 goal per contest in its last three contests (the team is 0-3 SU over that stretch).
Four of New York’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-3 in those games.
New York skaters have given out the league’s second-most hits per game (29.4), but the team’s averaged just 22.6 hits over their last five away games.