Where: PNC Arena
When: Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:30 pm ET
We have an Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division matchup on a Friday night to discuss when the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes meet at the PNC Arena. The Islanders are off to a 1-2-0 start to their season and Thomas Greiss is the likely starting goaltender for New York. Carolina is 4-0-0 this season and Petr Mrazek is the Hurricanes probable starting goaltender against the Islanders.
Islanders Struggle Against EdmontonFriday night marks the Islanders' first road game of the season and is coming off a 1-2 homestand and a Wednesday night home loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Edmonton scored four goals in less than two periods off Islanders netminder Semyon Varlamov and alone tally off Thomas Greiss. The Islanders couldn’t get anything going outside of goals from Anthony Beauvillier and Matt Martin and the penalty kill unit allowed two shorthanded goals while the power-play unit went 0-2 on the night.
New York has a power-play success rate of 25 percent and a 66.7 percent success rate killing penalties this season.
Greiss (1-0-0, 1.32) has been fantastic this season and the offseason acquisition of Varlamov must have irked the German national because he is playing very well and has the Islanders only win of the season. Corsica Hockey views Greiss favorably and his xSV% of 93.29 percent is strong as is his 0.75 GSAA this season. Greiss faced the Hurricanes four times last season and was 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average.
Carolina Undefeated this SeasonThe Hurricanes are undefeated this season and coming off a solid, 6-3 road victory over the Florida Panthers. Ryan Dzingel scored a pair of goals including a power-play tally and Sebastian Aho, Jordan Staal, and Teuvo Teravainen each scored lone goals and Dougie Hamilton potted a power-play goal for Carolina. James Reimer stopped 47 of the 50 shots he faced to raise his record to 2-0-0 and all is well in Carolina these days.
Carolina has a 33.3 percent success rate on the power play and their penalty kill unit has been successful on 78.9 percent of its penalty kill chances this season.
Mrazek (2-0-0, 2.84) has been strong this season and has wins over the Montreal Canadians and Tampa Bay Lightning. Corsica Hockey doesn’t view Mrazek as favorably as others and his dSV% of -4.05 is concerning as is the negative GSAA of -1.58. Mrazek was 0-1-1 last season against New York and allowed four of the 40 shots he faced hit the back of the net.
- Hurricanes are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite of -151 to -200.
- Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Hurricanes are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite of -151 to -200.
- Islanders are 2-12 in their last 14 overall.
- Islanders are 1-10 in their last 11 vs. Metropolitan.
- Islanders are 1-10 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference.