NHL Hockey Betting: New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes

Added February 17, 2015 by Levi Watkins

Eastern Conference hockey action on ‘Tobacco Road’ for Tuesday night as the New York Islanders head South to take on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders are still leading the Metropolitan Division despite a hard fought loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night (pay attention–this is important to the plotline of this handicap). The Rangers fought back from a 5-3 third period deficit to take their first victory of the season over the hated Islanders 6-5. New York is two points up on the Rangers and Penguins and five points up on the Washington Capitals. Carolina is nowhere near the playoffs but have played decent hockey since late December. That’s when the team’s nucleus played together for the first time after the return of Jordan Staal from injury. Carolina is 5-3-2 in their last 10 games while the Islanders are 5-5-0 in their last 10.

This will be a battle of backup goaltenders with both teams in the second of back to back games. Chad Johnson will start for the Islanders while Anton Khudobin gets the call for the Hurricanes. We definitely like Carolina better with Cam Ward in the net but since the Islanders aren’t starting Jaroslav Halak the goaltender situation is a wash. Both teams played last night but there’s a huge difference between the ‘canes winning at Ottawa and the Islanders losing to the Rangers. For Carolina, the game was just another ‘night at the office’. The Islanders played a huge game and ‘left it all on the ice’. It would have been a letdown situation even had the Isles won easily. With the tough loss, the letdown situation is all the more pronounced.

And then there’s the ‘lookahead’ factor. Carolina has a game on deck against Toronto. The Leafs are 1-7-2 in their last 10 and in terms of the ‘eye test’ are possibly the worst team in the NHL right now. The Islanders have a game against the Nashville Predators up next. Nashville is 7-2-1, has won five straight, has lost 3 games in regulation at home all year and is the best team in hockey. Even though it’s a ‘non conference’ game it’s a huge ‘measuring stick’ for the Isles. This game is a flat spot and we’ll back the home team.


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