New York Islanders (15-16-5-3 SU, 18-21 PL, 20-15-4 O/U) vs Carolina Hurricanes (19-15-3-4 SU, 25-16 PL, 16-18-7 O/U)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where: PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina
Lines: Carolina -160/NY Islanders +140
NHL Action on Friday night and the New York Islanders invade PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina to battle it out with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders will be playing a game in Florida on Friday night, while the Hurricanes have a home date vs the Sabres on the same night. Both teams are playing with no rest here.
Where Has The Offense Gone?
This has not been a great offensive team this year, but they have been better than average, for the most part. Well, that has not been the case of late as they have scored just one goal in each of their last three games, prior to facing the Panthers on Friday night. In their previous five games they scored 24 total goals. Just inconsistent on offense and in the crease and that is why this team is in last place in the Metro Division and they will continue to stay there unless they get better play at both ends of the Ice. The Islanders have just two players in double digit goals this year so far, with Anders Lee leading the way at 14, while 2nd is John Tavares with 11. Brock Nelson has nine and Andrew Ladd has eight, but no one else on the team has more than six. They really need to get their offense back in gear.
Thomas Greiss is expected to get the start on Friday night so Jean-Francois Berube will get the start in this one and he has gone 0-3 with a 3.27 GAA on the year, while in his career vs Carolina he is 1-0 with a 2.78 GAA. The Islanders are 15th in the league in scoring at 2.72 gpg, while also ranking 16th in shots taken (29.6 spg) and 25th in power play conversions, converting on 14.8% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they rank 24th in goals allowed, giving up 2.97 gpg, while also ranking 29th in shots allowed (33.0%) and 20th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.2% of their chances.
Canes Grab Big Win Vs Blue Jackets
Carolina has not been good team overall this year, but they have been solid at home and the Columbus Blue Jackets found that out on Tuesday night. The Canes won that game by a 5-3 score and have improved to 13-5 here at home. That compares to going just 6-17 on the road. Not good at all away from home, but they do play well at home and will look to grab another solid home win vs an Islanders team that struggles on the road. Scoring in the win over the Blue Jackets was Jeff Skinner, which was his 15th of the year, Derek Ryan, which was his 8th, Brock McGinn, which was his 2nd, Jordan Staal, which was his 8th of the year and it was the game-winner and Victor Rask, which was his 12th of the year. Just a huge win for a team that has struggled overall and looking to stay in the playoff race.
Cam ward will get the nod on Friday night vs Buffalo, so Michael Leighton will get the call in this one and he has gone 2-1 with a 3.53 GAA on the year, while vs the Islanders he has gone 2-0 with a 1.50 GAA in his career. Carolina comes in ranked 20th in the league in scoring at 2.61 gpg, while also ranking 13th in shots taken (30.1 spg) and 18th in power play conversions, converting on 17.8% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been solid they come in ranked 14th in goals allowed, giving up 2.61 gpg, while also ranking 4th in shots allowed (27.2) and 1st in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 11.5% of their chances.
New York is:
- 7-20 in their last 27 vs. the Eastern Conference
- 4-14 in their last 18 road games
- 12-2 in their last 14 home games
- 5-2 in their last seven games playing on 0 days rest
Both teams are not having good years overall and both will be using backup goalies, and both have struggled this year so far. The Canes get the edge here as they have been a strong home team and Leighton is 2-0 in his career vs the Islanders. New York has not been a good road team this year and they have gone just 1-4 in their last five games when playing on no rest. The Isles have played well here in Raleigh of late, but not tonight.