A pair of Metropolitan Division teams take the ice on the final weekend before the All-Star break down in the Tar Heel State. The New York Islanders are on the road as they travel to face the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. New York was in action at home on Saturday afternoon as they faced Washington and took a 6-4 defeat. Carolina was defeated 2-1 in overtime at home by Anaheim Friday night in their previous contest. The Hurricanes have claimed the last six meetings between the teams, including a 5-2 home victory in the first matchup on October 11, 2019.
New York Islanders Playing Second Game of Back to BackNew York was in action against Washington Saturday afternoon in their previous contest so they are playing the second game of a back to back situation. The Islanders enter this one holding the final guaranteed playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division, 11 points behind the Capitals. New York is 21st in the league in goals for as they average 2.85 goals per contest this season. The Islanders are tied for 5th in goals against by allowing 2.63 goals per game this year. New York is 21st on the power play as they convert 18.3 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Islanders are tied for 17th in the league in penalty killing as they have successfully handled 79.4 percent of their shorthanded situations this season. New York has scored six shorthanded goals on the year.
🤩 we LOVE to see it! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/fSxP2OIqrz— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 18, 2020
Against the Capitals, New York started strongly and utilized that edge to build a lead. Unfortunately, the team melted down in late and ended up taking the loss. In the opening period, the shots were even at 11 and the Islanders skated off with a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes. New York gave up the opening goal before Brock Nelson tied the game with his 19th goal of the season at 13:11 off assists from Josh Bailey and Anthony Beauvillier. Later in the period, Casey Cizikas gave the Islanders the lead with his 10th of the year at 15:49 off assists from Devon Toews and Beauvillier. The second period saw New York with an 11-8 edge in shots and a 2-0 edge on the scoreboard to open a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Jordan Eberle made it a 3-1 game with his seventh of the year, on the power play, at 9:31 off assists from Toews and Mathew Barzal. Toews added his fourth of the year at 17:25 off assists from Leo Komarov and Derick Brassard to extend to a 4-1 lead. In the third period, the Islanders were outshot 11-7 and outscored 5-0 to turn a three-goal lead into a two-goal defeat in the span of 20 minutes. Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves for the Islanders in the loss as they were outshot 30-29 in the contest.
Carolina Hurricanes Try to Regroup at HomeCarolina suffered their third straight loss as the team has struggled to put the puck in the net in that stretch with a total of three goals on the board. The Hurricanes entered Saturday fourth in the Metropolitan Division, three points behind the Islanders for the final guaranteed playoff spots and 12 back of the division-leading Capitals. In the wild card picture, Carolina does hold the top wild card spot entering Saturday’s action. Carolina is 12th in the league in goals for as they average 3.15 goals per game this season. The Hurricanes are tied for 7th in goals against by allowing 2.71 goals per contest. Carolina is 9th with the man advantage by converting 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities on the year. The Hurricanes are 9th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 82.8 percent of their shorthanded situations with nine shorthanded goals on the year.
Sepe gets us on the board! pic.twitter.com/GJrwbv5Cl2— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) January 18, 2020
Against the Ducks, Carolina’s recent struggles lighting the lamp proved costly once again. The Hurricanes owned a 15-12 edge in shots in the opening period and skated off tied at one after 20 minutes of action. Sebastian Aho opened the scoring with his 24th goal of the season at 3:59 off assists from Joel Edmundsson and Teuvo Teravainen. The Hurricanes gave up the equalizer in the final two minutes of the period. Carolina was outshot 13-6 in the second period with neither side lighting the lamp, leaving the game 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. The third period saw the Hurricanes outshot 11-4 in the stanza with neither side lighting the lamp to send the game to overtime tied at one. During the extra session, the shots were even at one but the Hurricanes gave up the winning goal to end up with the OT loss. James Reimer made 35 saves in the loss as Carolina was outshot 37-26 in the game. Petr Mrazek likely gets the start in goal here.
The top trends for this contest according to Oddsshark.com:
- Islanders are 1-4 in their last five overall
- Islanders are 0-6 in their last six vs. Hurricanes
- Hurricanes are 6-0 in their last six contests vs. Islanders