At the beginning of the 2018-19 NHL season nobody was calling for the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes to make the playoffs, let alone advance to the second round at the expense of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. But that is exactly what has happened. Both the Islanders with Barry Trotz and the Hurricanes with Rod Brind’Amour were beneficiaries of superior coaching in their first round series. Both mentors got their respective lineups to plays team-first hockey with a full buy-in for a complete 200-foot game. Neither team cuts corners or tries to find the easy way out. And that is what will make their Eastern Conference semifinal series so intriguing.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders Game 2
Date and Time: Sunday April 28, 2019, 2019, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
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Hurricanes vs. Islanders TV Coverage: NBC
The Islanders are the more popular team with the larger following but both teams have earned respect with the hockey and gambling communities. This means live betting figures to be extra active with a lot of ebb and flow. Sharps and bargain hunters will keep a close eye on the dogs.
The Hurricanes won an epic seven game first round series over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals after falling behind 3-2. Carolina won the seventh game at Washington in overtime 4-3 for one of the biggest wins in franchise history.
The Islanders brought out the broom in a stunning four game sweep of the favored and highly regarded Pittsburgh Penguins. While lacking the Penguins skill the Isles played vastly superior team hockey.
Carolina has had their share of problems maintaining board value on the road. The Hurricanes have gotten the money in only three of their last nine away games. Five of their last six away tilts have gone over the total. On the other hand, the Islanders have been a strong betting value on home ice. New York has cashed in the winning ticket in six of their last nine home matchups. Six of the Isles last eight home games have gone under the total.
Head to Head
The Islanders have bossed the cashier’s gage in their home games against the Hurricanes. NYI has come away with the cash in 10 of their last 14 home games with Carolina. Five of the last six in this series on the Island have gone over the total.
Carolina goaltender Petr Mrazek has a save percentage of .899 in the playoffs so far. However, he was at .919 or better in three of the last four games against Washington. Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner is on fire with a .958 save percentage thus far in post season.
Players to Watch
So far in the playoffs Islanders left wing Jordan Eberle has posted four goals with two assists and a plus six. Islander left wing Josh Baily and center Brock Nelson have three goals each.
Carolina defenseman Jacob Slavin has been quite the quarterback with nine assists to go with a plus four. Hurricanes left winger Warren Foegele leads the team with four goals. Center Jordan Staal has three goals with three assists while defenseman Dougie Hamilton has three goals and three assists with a plus three.
Hurricanes vs. Islanders Free NHL Live Betting Odds Pick
Both teams are great stories and this is a series of similar teams that rely on defense and goaltending for their success. The difference in this one comes down to Islanders documented home ice advantage and Lehner between the pipes.
Hurricanes vs. Islanders NHL Live Betting Odds Picks: New York Islanders
Hurricanes vs. Islanders NHL Live Betting Odds Score Prediction: Islanders 3, Hurricanes 2
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