Hurricanes vs. Islanders Prediction - NHL Picks 1/21/23

New York Islanders (23-19-5) vs Carolina Hurricanes (28-9-8)

Game Info: Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders +145 / Carolina Hurricanes -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Carolina Hurricanes will play the New York Islanders on Saturday night at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.

Carolina Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes are 28-9-8 this season after they defeated the Minnesota Wild by a score of 5-2 in their last game. Carolina was out shot by a total of 31-29 and went 2-7 on the power play in the win. The Carolina Hurricanes are averaging 3.18 goals per game, 2.64 goals against per game, 18.8% on the power play, and 80.5% on the penalty kill. Martin Necas has led the Hurricanes with 18 goals, 23 assists, and 150 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Carolina is Frederik Andersen, who is 8-3-0 this season with a 2.43 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.

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New York Preview

The New York Islanders are 23-19-5 this season after they lost to the Buffalo Sabres in overtime by a score of 3-2 in their last game. New York was out shot by a total of 45-26 and won 55.9% of the faceoffs in the game. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.96 goals per game, 2.72 goals against per game, 16.9% on the power play, and 82.7% on the penalty kill. Mathew Barzal has led the Islanders with 11 goals, 30 assists, and 106 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for New York is Ilya Sorokin, who is 15-14-4 this season with a 2.32 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.


Carolina is 18-6 in their last 24 games and 8-3 in their last 11 road games. The over is 8-1 in Carolina’s last 9 games. New York is 1-7 in their last 8 games and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The under is 7-1 in New York’s last 8 games. Carolina is 11-2 in these two teams last 13 head to head meetings.


The Islanders come into this game after losing three games in a row and four of their last five, while Carolina has won three of their last four games and is in first place in the Metropolitan standings. New York has had some issues scoring this season and they have only scored nine goals in their last five games. Carolina has played well defensively this season, but their games have gone over 5.5 goals in four of their last five. I like the over here.

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