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Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Islanders vs Hurricanes NHL Odds
Looking for New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Islanders taking on the Hurricanes on Sunday, January 19th at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Islanders Hurricanes matchup.
NHL Handicapping Analysis
(28-14-4) New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes (27-18-3)
Date: Sunday, January 19th
Time: 5:00 PM ET
Venue: PNC Arena, Raleight NC
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Islanders +160 | Hurricanes -180
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Hurricanes -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
The Islanders are 3 points up on the Hurricanes in the standings, but oddsmakers are going all in on Carolina in this one as -180 favorites.
There’s definitely reasons to avoid New York in Sunday night’s matchup, mostly because they played Saturday against Washington. The loss vs. the Caps was also the Isles’ was the 4th in their last 5 games.
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Can Carolina hold up their end of the bargain is the biggest question. The Hurricanes don’t exactly come into this game hot after dropping their last 3 including a horrible home defeat on Friday night.
New York Islanders
The Isles have a great chance to put some padding between themselves and Carolina on Saturday but the NHL schedule makers haven’t done them any favors. New York lost 4-6 to the Capitals on Saturday.
Sunday’s game is also the 3rd in the last 4 nights for the Islanders after they also lost to the Rangers 2-3 on Thursday as -152 favorites.
What gives the Islanders value on Sunday is the fact that the back-to-back doesn’r really bother them. The Islanders have gone 19-7 their last 26 on 0 days rest.
It’s Thomas Greiss set to go in net after Semyon Varlamov manned the pipes on Saturday. Greiss put the clamps on Detroit on Tuesday – but it’s Detroit. He allowed 3+ goals in 4 starts prior. Sunday’s total is 5.5 however.
The Hurricanes might simply just match up well vs. the Islanders considering they’ve won six in a row in this series. That includes 3 straight wins in Carolina by a score of 5-2 in each tilt.
The ‘Canes are huge favorites on Sunday but haven’t exactly played like a team that would justify a -180 wager. Carolina has dropped 3 straight, scoring just 3 goals total which is likely why the total is down there at 5.5.
The Carolina defense also gives this game a great shot at falling under the 5.5. The Hurricanes defense has held opponents to 2 goals or less in 4 of the last 5 while pitching 2 shutouts over that span.
The Hurricanes will be entering their 2nd game without Dougie Hamilton who is out indefinitely with a leg injury. Th shorthanded Carolina squad is also 3rd game in 4 nights meaning both squads are a bit worn down.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Islanders are 1-4 last 5 overall
- Islanders are 6-2 last 8 as an underdog
- Hurricanes are 36-17 last 53 home games
- Islanders are 0-6 last 6 head to head meetings
Free New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes NHL Prediction:
The Islanders aren’t in a great spot here. Not only have they lost six in a row at Carolina, they have to try and break that streak on the second leg of a back-to-back.
The thing is, if the Hurricanes are at a perfect vulnerable time it’s Sunday night after three straight losses by a combined score of just 3-7.
The ML pick isn’t a great value as the ‘Canes have lost three straight. In the series though, the Hurricanes have won six iin a row, winning each game by a 5-2 margin.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Hurricanes -1.5
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