HOCKEY | NHL

New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes Pick & Prediction OCT 14TH 2021

Complete TV: TVA | BSN | MSG PNC Arena Raleigh
67Islanders New York
68Hurricanes Carolina
OP
5.5
-1.5
CU
5.5o -118
-1.5 +185
ML
ML: 110
ML: -130
Partials
1 2 3
1 2 0
2 2 2
Score
3
6

The New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes racked up notable credentials last season, so they head into the new season aiming for more success.

They'll get a chance to find out right away how they stack up.

"You probably need to be more excited," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "But as a coach, you're always a little apprehensive."

The Islanders (32-17-7 last season) and Hurricanes (36-12-8) will meet to open the season Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.

The Islanders are eager to get started as well, though this is the beginning of a different type of journey. The team will start with 13 consecutive road games in advance of moving into a new home arena.

The Islanders reached the conference finals last season before falling to the eventual champion Tampa Bay Lightning. The Hurricanes dropped out of the postseason in the second round, also eliminated by the Lightning.

The motivation to do better now is there for both teams, and the path begins this week.

Ben Miller
13 WIN, 2 LOSE, PUSH 0
+ $1,098 WINNINGS - NHL MONEY LINE
Follow him and more than 20 experts from $29.99 per month
JOIN NOW

"You have to get to that next level," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "They recognize that. We've got to take that next step if we can."

The Islanders have been dubbed as a potential contender based on a strong unit of returning players along with roster enhancements. They've added left winger Zach Parise, who has 393 goals in 1,060 career games across 16 NHL seasons.

"I think it's business as usual," Trotz said, accepting the heightened expectations. "People are going to expect you to do well. If we don't get off to a good start, there are going to be questions."

The Islanders also will begin the season with Zdeno Chara, a 44-year-old defenseman, on the roster.

These teams didn't meet last season because of the pandemic-related schedule and division configuration. They're back together as members of the Metropolitan Division.

The Hurricanes won last season's Central Division regular season. Brind'Amour was voted the league's top coach, yet there has been shuffling on the roster.

Carolina's new goaltenders include Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta. They'll have some different combinations in front of them.

"We'll find out. There's going to be a learning curve for sure," Brind'Amour said. "I'm hopeful that the work that these guys have put in will mask any little mistakes."

Much of the core among Carolina skaters remain on the roster with captain Jordan Staal, forwards Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, Andrei Svechnikov and Martin Necas, and defensemen Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce. Center Vincent Trocheck, one of the team's top producers last season, came off injured reserve after missing most of the preseason.

Still, there's the potential to have as many as eight newcomers in the Carolina lineup. A full training camp was a blessing.

"It has helped because we have so many new faces," Brind'Amour said. "At the end of the day, you're going to learn from playing the game."

Islanders forward Matt Martin is dealing with an ankle injury that might prevent him from playing this week.

"He's progressing rapidly, but he needs a little bit more time, so I doubt he'd be in (the lineup) Thursday night," Trotz said.

Not be confused with the Carolina standout forward, the Islanders also have a Sebastian Aho on the roster. He's a defenseman.

Carolina finished 20-3-5 at home last season. The Hurricanes will be on the road for three games after their season opener.

--Field Level Media

New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Justin Williams made a storybook return to the lineup by scoring in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 victory against the visiting New York Islanders on Sunday.

Williams, the former team captain, was making his season debut.

Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen also produced in the shootout for the Hurricanes, while New York's Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier were good for the Islanders.

Svechnikov had Carolina's goal in regulation.

Anders Lee scored in regulation for New York. Lee was denied by Hurricanes goalie James Reimer to end the shootout.

The 38-year-old Williams, a right winger, signed 11 days earlier as a free agent, ending an abbreviated retirement that began last summer after he helped the Hurricanes reach the Eastern Conference finals. He practiced with the team for a week-plus before hitting the ice Sunday.

Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss made 31 saves.

Reimer stopped 26 shots as the Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Hurricanes have gone five consecutive games without scoring more than two goals.

In overtime, the Hurricanes had three of the five shots on goal.

The Islanders arrived after failing to protect a three-goal third-period lead a day earlier in a home loss to the Washington Capitals.

Svechnikov opened the scoring with a first-period goal, with the puck deflecting off the stick of a New York player and past Greiss.

Lee's 15th goal of the season came with 56 seconds remaining in the second period. The tally came off a rebound, with Reimer out of the crease trying to bat the puck away before Lee could reach it.

The Hurricanes were in their second full game since losing All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton to a broken leg Thursday night at Columbus.

Carolina defeated the Islanders at home in October in the only previous meeting this season. The Hurricanes swept New York in last spring's Eastern Conference semifinals.

--Field Level Media

  • All
  • MLB
  • NBA
  • NCAAF
  • NFL
  • NHL
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Mario DeLuca Fotografia de perfil Mario DeLuca 4/1/0 +283
Handicapper Luke Moore Wilson Fotografia de perfil Luke Moore Wilson 4/1/0 +268
Handicapper Diego Garcia Fotografia de perfil Diego Garcia 3/2/0 +146
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Gino Russo Fotografia de perfil Gino Russo 4/1/0 +273
Handicapper Ben Miller Fotografia de perfil Ben Miller 4/1/0 +271
Handicapper James Anderson Fotografia de perfil James Anderson 4/1/0 +261
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper William Taylor Fotografia de perfil William Taylor 4/1/0 +270
Handicapper James Anderson Fotografia de perfil James Anderson 4/1/0 +224
Handicapper Mario DeLuca Fotografia de perfil Mario DeLuca 3/2/0 +79
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Ben Miller Fotografia de perfil Ben Miller 5/0/0 +455
Handicapper Luke Moore Wilson Fotografia de perfil Luke Moore Wilson 4/1/0 +268
Handicapper Robert Jones Fotografia de perfil Robert Jones 4/1/0 +260
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Jimmy Liu Fotografia de perfil Jimmy Liu 3/2/0 +80
Handicapper Diego Garcia Fotografia de perfil Diego Garcia 3/2/0 +73
Handicapper Mario DeLuca Fotografia de perfil Mario DeLuca 3/2/0 +73
EXPERT W/L/P WINNINGS
Handicapper Mario DeLuca Fotografia de perfil Mario DeLuca 4/1/0 +183
Handicapper Diego Garcia Fotografia de perfil Diego Garcia 3/2/0 +146
Handicapper James Anderson Fotografia de perfil James Anderson 3/2/0 +131
Follow these and more than 15 experts for $ 35 a month Starts now