New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes - 4/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes - 4/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes (45-17-8) vs New York Islanders (32-28-9)

Game Info: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes +105 / New York Islanders +210 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Carolina Panthers host the New York Islanders in Friday NHL Action.

The New York Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 32-28-9. Through 69 games, the Islanders are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 192 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.65 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 31st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 19th ranked team in the NHL.

The Carolina Panthers get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 45-17-8. This mark places them 1st in the Metropolitan division. Through 70 games, the Panthers have scored 232 goals, giving them an average of 3.3. This output gives them a rank of 10th among NHL teams. On defense, Carolina is the 1st ranked unit, giving up 2.37 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Carolina's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 4th in the NHL.

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Through 60 games, the New York Islanders goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson with 50 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 23.1%. So far, 27.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 34 assists to go along with his 14 goals. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -4 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.3 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 31 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 67 games, the Carolina Panthers' goal and overall scoring leader is Sebastian Aho, with 69 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 16.1%. So far, 42.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Andrei Svechnikov, who has 33 assists to go along with his 27 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +16.0. Carolina's top goalie is Frederik Andersen, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game. In his 48 games played, he has turned in 28 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Heading into this matchup, the Panthers have gone just 2-3 over their last 5 games, despite accounting for 56% of the overall scoring in this stretch. On the season, Carolina has generated the 5th most scoring chances in the NHL. Even though the Islanders have done a good job at limiting these opportunites of their opponents, I see the Panthers breaking out for a big scoring night. I recommend taking Carolina on the moneyline.

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Joe’s Pick Hurricanes +105

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