It’s been a rough go of it for the Islanders lately. They’ve taken themselves out of playoff contention in rather ugly fashion. The Islanders have lost games by the bunches of late, losing ten of their last eleven outings. In other words, one could draw the conclusion that they’ve absolutely given up on the year. There was a point where they were hanging in there, and that it would probably go down to the wire. Not anymore, as the Islanders have fallen to 30-31-7.
Take away this recent dive, and the Isles actually wouldn’t be in an awful position. They would be right there competing. That all went out the window, though. Their most recent misfortunes came against the Washington Capitals. In a home and home series, the Islanders took a beating, losing by a combined score of 13-6. 7-3 and then they came back the following night to lose 6-3. The Capitals are a good team, but they didn’t offer much resistance or effort.
The Islanders head back home for a date with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are another team who have recently put a dent in their playoff goals. It wasn’t too long ago that they were sitting at the cusp of a wild card, and now not long after, they’re 11 points behind the Devils, who currently assume the final wild card in the Eastern Conference.
It doesn’t take very long at all for a team to fall back and get off pace. The Hurricanes were never a favourite to go to the playoffs, but neither were a lot of teams who look like they’re going to be punching their ticket. Nothing has gone well for the Hurricanes and Islanders lately. We’ll see who will win this battle of teams looking forward to summer vacation. Head below for our free Hurricanes vs. Islanders pick.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. N.Y. Islanders Pick
There haven’t been issues with the Islanders lately because there isn’t any talent on the team. The Islanders possess the offensive firepower required to do damage. Just with the likes of John Tavares and Mathew Barzal alone, the Isles should be playing much better than this. Not to mention a facilitator like Josh Bailey. Bailey recently signed a six-year deal with the Islanders, so he’s here for the long haul. Regardless of how bad the defence has been, there is no excuse for dropping this many games in such a short span with their offence.
Scott Darling appears to be getting the start for the Hurricanes tonight, who must go on a serious run and hope for a lot of breaks along the way. Darling served as the backup in Chicago and did a fine job, but in a bigger role in Carolina, Darling has struggled to keep up in net. He holds a less than ideal save percentage of 0.88 with a 3.08 GAA. The Hurricanes have allowed an average of 3.6 goals per game in their last ten. The Isles’ offence hasn’t been at its best, but after getting laughed out of the building in consecutive games against the Capitals, you have to think they come back home playing better hockey. The Hurricanes have been a favourable matchup for them, as they’ve beaten the Canes in four of the last five games. Neither team has been playing their best, but I see the Isles putting together an adequate performance on Sunday.
PICK: ISLANDERS (-115)