New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/24/2014
Tuesday, March 25, 6:00 PM on MSG+, FSCR
PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
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In their last meeting, the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 3-2 thanks in large part to two goals that were scored within a minute of each other in the second period. Much of the praise had to go to Hurricanes' goalie Anton Khudobin, though, as he made 38 saves on the night and kept the Islanders from tying the game in the third period.
After Manny Malhotra and John Tavares scored for their respective teams early in the second period, Jordan Staal gave the Hurricanes the lead at the 13:12 mark. Less than 60 seconds later, the Hurricanes doubled their lead with a rare goal from defenseman Brett Sutter. It was only Sutter's second career goal and it ended up being the game winner.
Thomas Vanek brought the Isles to within one with just 24 seconds left in the game, but the Hurricanes were able to keep them from getting the tying goal.
The Islanders dominated the game for the most part, getting 40 shots on goal to the Hurricanes' 30, but Khudobin dealt with just about everything they threw at him. The win gave the Canes' backup goalie a 4-0 record and made the loss of starter Cam Ward not hurt as bad.
This was a big win for Carolina because they were able to do it for the most part without captain Eric Staal on the ice. He was injured early on in the game and didn't return.
New York is 16-18 straight up on the road this season
New York is 22-11-1 against the over/under on the road this season
Carolina is 17-19 straight up at home this season
Carolina is 13-19-4 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/22/14 D Brian Strait Hand is downgraded to out indefinitely
03/22/14 D Lubomir Visnovsky Upper Body questionable
03/21/14 RW Kyle Okposo Lower Body questionable
03/12/14 RW Michael Grabner Concussion out indefinitely
03/06/14 LW Eric Boulton Hand out indefinitely
02/27/14 C John Tavares Knee out for season
10/02/13 D Joni Pitkanen Heel out for season
03/21/14 D Ryan Murphy Upper Body questionable
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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