New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
NHL: Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST
The Islanders are on the brink of elimination down 3-0 in this series and have to win Game 4 or they will be going home. It helps to score and that has been the major issue for the team in the playoffs. New York has only scored three goals in the three games. Their defense was solid in the first two games and while they gave up five goals in the last game two of those goals came late on an empty net.
The Hurricanes are oh so close to the Eastern Conference Finals and they have won their last four games overall. Like the Islanders, the Canes offense had struggled in the first two games scoring only three goals and was much better in the Game 3 win. Carolina has won their last four home games against the Islanders and can send them home for the playoffs if they make it five in a row after this game.
Can’t get the tying goal
In Game 3 in Carolina, the Islanders lost to the Hurricanes 5-2 not being able to get the tying goal in the 3rd period. The game was tied after two periods, but New York allowed a goal in the middle of the 3rd and they could not get the tie and gave up two late empty net goals. Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist in the loss and Devon Toews netted the other goal for the club. Robin Lehner gave up three goals on 33 shots and he has allowed five goals in his last two starts while only allowing one in each of his previous four starts.
Bailey and Jordan Eberle lead the Islanders with four goals apiece in the playoffs, but Eberle has not scored in this series. New York had won both of their road games in the first round before losing Game 3 in Carolina, but have won five of their last seven road games against the Canes.
Williams comes up big
In Game 3 the game was a very close one and Justin Williams played the hero giving the Canes the 3-2 lead with a goal with 9:45 left in the 3rd period.
Captain Clutch! pic.twitter.com/qATexqG4Kd— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) May 2, 2019
The team did give up a power play goal, but played solid defense for the 3rd straight game in this series.Teuvo Teravainen scored two goals in the game and Sebastian Aho also found the back of the net and assisted in Williams’ game-winner. Curtis McElhinney got the starting in goal with Petr Mrazek a little banged up with a groin injury. It was McElhinney’s first start in the playoffs and he stopped 28 of 30 shots and stopped all 17 shots he saw in Game 2 in 33 minutes on the ice. Mrazek is listed as day-to-day for this game and he has only allowed one goal in his last two starts.
Jaccob Slavin leads the Canes in points with 12 in the playoffs, all off assists, and he had two assists in the Game 3 win. Carolina has won 20 of their last 26 home games and they have won 22 of their last 27 games as a betting favorite.
The Carolina Hurricanes are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan
- 22-5 in their last 27 games as a favorite
- 20-6 in their last 26 home games
- 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 16-5 in their last 21 playoff games as a favorite
The New York Islanders are:
- 12-28 in their last 40 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 0-7 in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games