The New York Islanders head to Raleigh, NC to battle the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday, May 1. The Islanders are desperate for a victory in the best-of-seven series after dropping the first two battles at home. Can NYI get back into the series, or will the Hurricanes take a 3-0 lead? Check out our Stanley Cup playoff odds, analysis, and a free pick for Hurricanes-Islanders Game 3!
Islanders vs Hurricanes Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 3 Odds, Preview, and Pick
- When: Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00pm ET
- Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
- TV: NHL
- Radio: Carolina / New York
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- 2019 Stanley Cup Odds: Hurricanes -120
Why New York Islanders are a good bet to win at +105?
The Islanders are down 2 games to 0 to the Carolina Hurricanes, but both games were very close. The Hurricanes beat NYI 1-0 in overtime in Game 1. In Game 2, they beat the Islanders 2-1.
All New York must do is convert some of their shots. They outshot Carolina 27-18 in the Game 2 loss. If the Islanders can maybe take more efficient shots, or at least make Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek work harder, they’ll have a chance to get back in the series.
- Goals For: 2.7
- Shots For: 28.8
- Power Plays: 14.5%
- Face-Offs: 47.4%
- Goals Against: 2.3
- Shots Against: 30.9
- Penalty Kills: 79.9%
- Shutouts: 5
Why Carolina Hurricanes are a good bet to win at -120?
The Hurricanes are leaning on a defense that forces opponents to make bad shots. Carolina only took 18 shots in Game 2, but most of their shots were on point while the Islanders took bad shot after bad shot.
When the defense doesn’t work, the Hurricanes count on one of the top goalies in NHL, Petr Mrazek. Mrazek allows an average of 2.39 goals per match. He’s been exceptional in Carolina’s last four games. There’s no reason to believe Mrazek takes a backward step on Wednesday night.
- Goals For: 3.0
- Shots For: 34.4
- Power Plays: 17.8%
- Face-Offs: 49%
- Goals Against: 2.7
- Shots Against: 28.6
- Penalty Kills: 81.6%
- Shutouts: 5
2019 Stanley Cup Betting Trends for Hurricanes vs Islanders
- Islanders are 5-0 in their last 5 road games
- Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a road underdog
- Islanders are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina
- Hurricanes are 4-0 in their last 4 versus a team with a winning record
- Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite
- Hurricanes are 21-5 in their last 26 games as a favorite
Hurricanes vs Islanders Game 3 NHL Betting Analysis
Although the Carolina Hurricanes got the victories, the New York Islanders almost played too good to lose in both Game 1 and Game 2. NYI tried to pressure Mrazek and Carolina in Game 2, but they came up short.
The Hurricanes are on fire. Based on stats and visually watching both matchups, thought, these two squads are close to evenly matched. The Hurricanes have a shot and the Islanders have a shot in this Game 3. There’s no reason to believe NYI won’t play hard again. Because they’re the underdogs, the Islanders are worth backing. They’re due in a series that should go seven games.
2019 Stanley Cup Pick: Islanders +105