- What: Game 5 NHL Eastern Conference Round 1 Playoffs
- Who: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes
- Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
- Location: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC
- Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, BSSO, MSG, MSGSN
The Carolina Hurricanes moved to within one game of closing out their 2023 NHL playoffs first round series against the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 win in New York. The win was the first road playoff victory for the Hurricanes since the team downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in overtime during the 2021 Eastern Conference semi-finals. Carolina made it to the Eastern Conference semis last year without winning s single road game in two seven-game series. The Hurricanes head home to PNC Arena for Tuesday night’s game with a 3-1 series lead over the Islanders.
Carolina finished the 2023 NHL season with a 52-21-9 record, which was good enough for the second most points in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, New York entered the 2023 NHL playoffs as a wild card team, ending the season with a 42-31-9 record. The Hurricanes opened the 2023 playoff series against the Islanders with wins in the first two games on their home ice. However, the Islanders picked up a 5-1 win in Game 3 when the series moved to New York. Sunday’s Game 4 ended with a 5-2 victory for the Hurricanes.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s 2023 NHL playoff matchup between the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes, check out our guide to betting on the 2023 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
NY Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes betting picks for Game 5
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NY Islanders betting breakdown
The NY Islanders were not in a must-win situation on Sunday against the Hurricanes, but the team did not want to give Carolina a lot of momentum as the series heads back to the Hurricanes’ home ice for Game 5 on Tuesday, but that’s what happened. The Islanders fell behind 4-0 before picking up their first game goal on Sunday. That goal did not come until the third period. If New York wants to extend their 2023 NHL playoff series past five games, the Isles must play much better on Tuesday night.
Kyle Palmieri leads the Islanders in goals and scoring for the 2023 NHL postseason. The 32-year-old forward is the only player on the team with more than one goal in the series, he has two, and he also has two helpers. The Islanders have three players with three points for this series; those players, Ryan Pulock, Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield, each have one goal and two assists.
Ilya Sorokin, who was one of the best goalies during the 2023 NHL regular season, had a bad day on Sunday, finishing the game with a 5.00 goals against average and an .828 save percentage.
Carolina Hurricanes betting breakdown
The Carolina Hurricanes have been one of the best home teams during the NHL playoffs as of late. Last year the team went 7-1 in the postseason at home. Heading into Tuesday’s Game 5 matchup against the NY Islanders, Carolina has a 2-0 record at home during this year’s postseason.
Two players on the Hurricanes have five points during the 2023 NHL playoffs, Brent Burns and Sebastian Aho. All of Burns’ points have been assists, while Aho has two goals and three assists. Aho is tied for the team lead in goals with Jesper Fast, Stefan Noesen, and Seth Jarvis.
The goaltending question for the Hurricanes looks like it has been settled, at least for the series against the Islanders, as Frederik Andersen was listed as injured for Game 4. With that, expect Antti Raanta to get the start in Game 5. Raanta has a 2.60 goals against average during the 2023 NHL playoffs to go with a .915 save percentage.
Best bet for NY Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes game 5
As mentioned above, the Hurricanes are a tough team to play at home during the playoffs. They were also excellent at home during the 2023 NHL regular season, going 28-10-3, which putting them behind only the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs for best home record on the year. Meanwhile, the Islanders had a losing record on the road during the 2023 NHL season at 17-18-6. The best bet for Game 5 of this NHL Eastern Conference playoff series is to pick the Carolina Hurricanes to beat the NY Islanders.
Pick: Carolina Hurricanes to beat NY Islanders in Game 5 of their 2023 NHL playoff series.
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