Series Update – The Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Friday night to complete a 4-0 second-round clean sweep and move into the Eastern Conference Final.
Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, Greg McKegg, captain Justin Williams and rookie star Andrei Svechnikov scored for the Canes, with goalie Curtis McElhinney making 26 saves.
The New York Islanders’ scored through a Mathew Barzal power-play goal to give them an early lead and a late Brock Nelson consolation goal. The Islanders only managed five goals in the series, which led to their being swept aside. Three of the Islanders’ five goals during the series came on the power play.
The Canes have now won six straight and eight of nine. They will also have some time to rest and recuperate before they face the winner of the Columbus Blue jackets vs Boston Bruins playoff series.
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Game 4 Update – The Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference second round to move into a very commanding 3-0 series lead.
It leaves the Carolina Hurricanes on the verge of a clean sweep and a place in the NHL Eastern Conference Final.
Teuvo Teravainen scored two goals for the Canes, with additional goals coming from Justin Faulk, Justin Williams and Sebastian Aho. The veteran goaltender Curtis McElhinney stopped 28 shots.
Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist and Devon Toews scored on the power play for the Islanders. Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots for the Islanders.
Regular Canes’ goalie Petr Mrazek is day to day with a lower body injury.
Game 4 will take place on Friday night in Carolina.
Game 3 Update – The Carolina Hurricanes rallied to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday and a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Outplayed for much of the opening two periods, two goals in 48 seconds from Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter changed the game in Carolina’s favour.
Before being forced off with an injury in the second period, Petr Mrazek stopped nine of 10 shots he faced. Replacement Curtis McElhinney came on and finished with 17 saves.
Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders and Robin Lehner made 16 saves.
Game 3 is Wednesday night in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Game 2 Update – The Carolina Hurricanes claimed a 1-0 OT victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in the Round 2 series opener, with Jordan Staal scoring the only goal 4:04 into overtime.
The Canes victory came just 48 hours after beating the defending Stanley Cup champions, Washington Capitals, on the road in double-overtime of Game 7 of their first round series. By contrast, the Islanders were playing for the first time in 10 days after sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Petr Mrazek stopped 31 shots for the Canes in his fifth career postseason shutout.
Robin Lehner also finished with 31 saves for the Islanders.
Game 2 is back in Brooklyn on Sunday.
The New York Islanders will play the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Second Round.
Preseason few would have predicted either of these two teams making the playoffs, let alone playing for a place in the Eastern Conference final.
The Islanders finished second in the Metropolitan Division, will have home-ice advantage against the Canes, who were the first wild card from the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins (the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup champions) in a 4-0 series win well over a week ago. By contrast, the Hurricanes defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 4-3 in double overtime in Game 7 to win that best-of-7 series on Wednesday, so have had far less time to rest and recuperate.
The Islanders will play their home games in this series at Barclays Center, having played the first round at Nassau Coliseum.
The Hurricanes were 1-2-1 against the Islanders this season.
Game 1 is in New York on Friday, so it’s a quick turnaround for the Canes. That’s even more relevant after being taken to double overtime in Game 7.
New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes Betting Lines & Pick
The Stanley Cup is wide open as far as any predictions are concerned, with all four wild-card teams progressing to the second round and all four division winners being eliminated in the first round for the first time in NHL history.
The extra rest added to the home-ice advantage has to make the Islanders the favourites going into this series. On that basis and presuming that the Islanders can shake off any rust, the tips here are the Islanders to win in five games.
Pick: Series Score – New York Islanders 4-1