Islanders vs Hurricanes Prediction - NHL Picks 12/23/23

Carolina Hurricanes (17-12-4) vs New York Islanders (15-8-9)

Game Info: Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 7:30 pm (PNC Arena)

Betting Odds: Carolina Hurricanes -184 / New York Islanders +152 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders will play the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. New York has lost three of their last four games, while Carolina has also lost three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Islanders vs Hurricanes prediction.

Islanders Preview

The New York Islanders are 15-8-9 this year after they lost to Washington in overtime by a score of 3-2 in their last game. New York tied the game at two in the third period, but allowed the Caps to score 1:41 into overtime. The Islanders were out shot by a total of 36-32 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. New York defeated Edmonton by a score of 3-1 in the game prior to Washington, but lost to Montreal and Boston in the two games before that. The Islanders are scoring 3.06 goals per game and they are allowing 3.16 goals against per game, while going 25.6% on the power play and 71.9% on the penalty kill. Mathew Barzal has led New York with 10 goals, 23 assists, and 92 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Ilya Sorokin, who is 9-4-7 this year with a 3.04 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. 

Hurricanes Preview

The Carolina Hurricanes are 17-12-4 this season after they lost to Pittsburgh in a shootout by a score of 2-1 in their last game. Carolina tied the game at one in the second period, but couldn’t find the back of the net for the rest of the game. The Hurricanes were out shot by a total of 25-24 and went 5-5 on the penalty kill in the loss. Carolina defeated Vegas by a score of 6-3 in the game before Pittsburgh, but lost to Washington and Nashville prior to that. The Hurricanes are scoring 3.21 goals per game and they are allowing 3.12 goals against per game, while going 23.4% on the power play and 82.2% on the penalty kill. Sebastian Aho has led Carolina with 12 goals, 18 assists, and 94 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Carolina is Pyotr Kochetkov, who is 7-6-3 this season with a 2.53 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. 

Carolina Hurricanes Team Facts

  • The Hurricanes have lost each of their last three games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in eight of the last nine games between the Islanders and Hurricanes.
  • The underdogs have won the second period in four of the last five games between the Islanders and Hurricanes.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in four of the Hurricanes' last five games as home favorites.

New York Islanders Team Facts

  • The Islanders have won three of their last four games as underdogs after coming off overtime.
  • The Islanders have covered the puck line in each of their last 12 games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in each of the Islanders' last eight games.
  • The Islanders have won the second period in each of their last three games at PNC Arena.

Carolina Hurricanes Player Prop Facts

  • Sebastian Aho has scored at least one goal in four of the Hurricanes' last five home games.
  • Sebastian Aho has recorded at least one point in each of the Hurricanes' last six home games.
  • Andrei Svechnikov has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances against Eastern Conference opponents at PNC Arena.
  • Sebastian Aho has scored two goals against the Islanders this season - equal-most against any opponent.

New York Islanders Player Prop Facts

  • Bo Horvat has scored at least one goal in four of his last five appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Bo Horvat has recorded at least one point in 11 of the Islanders' last 12 games.
  • Mathew Barzal has recorded at least one assist in four of the Islanders' last five games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Noah Dobson ranks 1st in the Metropolitan Division for Plus/Minus (+19) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank 32nd in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (7).
  • The Carolina Hurricanes rank 4th in the league for shots per game this season (33.8).
  • The New York Islanders rank T1st in the league in short handed goals this season (8).
  • The New York Islanders rank 31st in the league for shots against per game this season (35.6).

Islanders vs Hurricanes Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this game after losing three of their last four games, but Carolina will have the home ice advantage. The Hurricanes are 9-2-3 at home this season, while New York is 6-5-3 on the road. Carolina has only scored one goal in two of their last three games, but will play a New York team that is not as good on defense as they usually are. I don’t love the way either team is playing right now, but I am going to go with New York and the plus money on the road. 

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