Islanders vs Hurricanes Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/19/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020
Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+149) Hurricanes (-165)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (28-14-4, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) travel to PNC Arena on Sunday where they'll take on the Carolina Hurricanes (27-18-3, 4th in the Metropolitan Division). The Islanders open this contest at +149 while the Hurricanes are priced at -165. The O/U is set at 5.5. The Islanders are covering 58.1% of the time, having gone 25-18 SU. Carolina covers 54.4% of the time, going 25-21 straight up.
The New York Islanders step onto the ice holding a record of 28 victories and 14 defeats, which puts them at 3rd in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have scored a total of 131 goals which ranks them 12th in the conference and 22nd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +10, which puts them at 11th in the NHL. The Islanders have compiled a total of 60 pts, which ranks them 6th in the NHL and 5th in the conference. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they have compiled a total of 1,359 which ranks them 15th in the conference and 30th in the NHL. As a team, New York has earned a total of 1,299 hits which has them averaging 28.2 per game. They have compiled a total of 673 blocks for the season. Looking after the goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has totaled 1,658 minutes protecting the goal this year. Varlamov is allowing 2.50 goals per contest which has him ranked 7th in the Eastern Conference and 12th among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's surrendered 69 goals. His save % is .918 which has him ranked 9th in the Eastern Conference.
The New York Islanders had a rough game after their 3 - 2 defeat to the New York Rangers in their last game. The Islanders didn't have a great showing offensively in the loss. For this game, they netted 2 of the 40 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 5 power play chances but weren't able to net one. New York racked up 12 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Islanders was 47 and the Corsi against was 40 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 54.0%. Their Fenwick was 40 and the Fenwick against sat at 27, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 59.7%. They took 27 face-off wins and lost 19 of the face-offs. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 82.0% and they had a PDO of 101.5 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the New York Rangers earned a total of 28 shots. They had 12 penalty minutes and they had 5 power play chances.
The Hurricanes are the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they have 27 victories and 18 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they sit 5th in the East and 7th in the league with +21. They have a total of 151 goals for the season which puts them at 8th in the East. Carolina has a team save % of .907 which has them ranked 13th in the league, which means scoring chances could be there if they are opportunistic. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.4% ranking them 11th in the conference. In goal for Carolina is Petr Mrazek who is having an average campaign by surrendering 2.64 goals against average and that ranks him 13th in the Eastern Conference and 21st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,820 minutes he's played this season, he has given up 80 goals. He has a save % of .904, which has him sitting 21st in the Eastern Conference and 42nd among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Carolina Hurricanes opposed the Anaheim Ducks in an outing where the Hurricanes ended up losing by a score of 2 - 1. In their game, Carolina wound up with a 43.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 45 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 58. They had a Fenwick percentage of 39.2% by earning a Fenwick of 29 and the Ducks earning a 45 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Carolina had and it could be said that this team has had better games. Their PDO was 98.7 and their percentage of oZS was 54.1%. The Hurricanes netted 1 goal of the 26 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Ducks had 2 power play attempts but were not able to take advantage. Carolina conceded 37 shots on goal and the Ducks racked up 4 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+149)
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