The second game of the best-of-seven battle between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders goes Sunday (April 28) at Barclays Center in New York with puck-drop scheduled for 3:00 PM ET.
The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead on Friday with a 1-0 OT win.
Opening Odds for Game 1
The moneyline has the Islanders as -140 favorites and the Hurricanes as +120 underdogs.
After Friday’s relative snore-fest, the game total is again at 5.0, with the under (-115) slightly favored versus the over (-105).
Hurricanes vs Islanders Statistical Comparison
|46-29-7 (22-16-3 away)||Reg. Season Record||48-27-7 (24-13-4 home)|
|5-3 (2-3 away)||Playoff Record||4-1 (2-1 home)|
|3.12 (12th)||Goals Per Game (Reg. Season)||3.13 (11th)|
|3.00 (7th)||Goals Per Game (Playoffs)||3.50 (3rd)|
|2.70 (T 7th)||Goals Against Per Game (Reg. Season)||2.33 (1st)|
|2.86 (8th)||Goals Against Per Game (Playoffs)||1.50 (1st)|
|54.93 (1st)||Fenwick % (Reg. Season)||48.10 (25th)|
|54.41 (2nd)||Fenwick % (Playoffs)||47.21 (13th)|
|90.57 (14th)||Save % (Reg. Season)||92.47 (1st)|
|89.47 (14th)||Save % (Playoffs)||95.59 (1st)|
|54.70 (4th)||High-Danger Chances % (Reg. Season)||52.34 (10th)|
|49.38 (11th)||High-Danger Chances % (Playoffs)||55.34 (3rd)|
*Note: regular-season rankings are out of 31 teams; playoff rankings are out of only 16 teams.
Game 1 Takeaways
After dropping three straight road games to open the playoffs, the Hurricanes have now won two straight away from home.
They followed their thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind OT win in Game 7 versus Washington with another overtime win in Game 1 versus New York.
Unlike in most of the first round, goalie Petr Mrazek was the star for Carolina. He stopped all 31 of the Islander shots he faced.
Robin Lehner was his equal in the New York net, matching him save for save in regulation. Lehner stopped 31 shots on the night as well. Unfortunately for Islander fans, he faced 32.
Jordan Staal ended the goalless affair 4:04 into the extra frame when he buried a rebound off the end boards.
The goal was Staal’s team-leading fourth of the playoffs (tied with Warren Foegele). Defenseman Jacob Slavin leads the Canes in playoff scoring with nine points, all assists.
After the shutout, Mrazek now has a 91.4SV% in the postseason, the same as his regular-season mark.
Lehner leads the playoffs at 95.8 SV% and was second in the regular season (93.0%).
Jordan Eberle scored four goals in New York’s round-one sweep of Pittsburgh, while Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey had three apiece. Together, they accounted for 10 of the Isles’ 13 goals.
Betting-wise, the Hurricanes are a substandard 42-47 against the puckline. The Islanders, at 46-40, have been a better bet this year, which is no surprise given the low expectations coming into the season.