Hurricanes vs. Islanders Game 3 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated Apr 25, 2024

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes

It's a crucial game for the Islanders on Thursday as they look to bounce back from a 2-0 series hole when they host the Hurricanes in Game 3 of their opening round playoff matchup.

April 25, 2024, 7:30 PM ET
UBS Arena
NY Islanders
Puckline -1.5 +155
Moneyline -175
Over / Under o +5.5
Puckline +1.5 -190
Moneyline +145
Over / Under u +5.5

Regardless of how well the Islanders played through the first two games, the Hurricanes always seemed to have the answer. The Canes battled back from down 3-0 in the second period and pulled off a 5-3 victory in Game 2 to take a stranglehold on the series.

The Hurricanes are -130 favourites to win Game 3 on the NHL odds, with the total set at 5.5. Puck drop from UBS Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Hurricanes vs. Islanders NHL Playoff Betting Odds

After a defensive standoff in the series opener, Game 2 was wide open with the teams combining for eight goals. It is not uncommon for this matchup to play the OVER, with three of the four games of the season series hitting the OVER. The lines on our NHL Futures board have moved significantly with the Canes up 2-0 in the series, and they are now listed as the -2500 to take the series. They have also moved up from +650 to +450 as the favourites to go all the way and win the cup. The most likely series result is a Canes sweep paying +170. Keep in mind that last year’s series followed the same trajectory and the Isles squeezed out a win on home ice in Game 3.

No player has scored twice yet in this series, pushing Sebastian Aho to the top of the board for leading goal-scorer of the series.

There has been an empty net goal in both games so far, so keep an eye for that prop when placing your bets pre-game.

Carolina Hurricanes

Game 2 was absolute pandemonium in Raleigh on Monday night as the Hurricanes erased a 3-0 deficit, coming back to win 5-3. Jordan Martinook scored the game-winner just nine seconds after Sebastian Aho tied things at three with just 2:15 left in the game. The pair of goals was the fastest in Canes’ postseason history and the three-goal comeback was the third ever in postseason history.

The offence got its spark just as it did in Game 1 with a power play goal from Teuvo Teravainen, his first of the playoffs. Seth Jarvis also scored to cut the lead to one midway through the third and Jake Guentzel sealed the deal into the empty net.

In goal, Frederick Andersen stopped nine of only 12 shots he faced during the game. He saw the game’s second shot 16 minutes in and allowed three goals on nine shots in eight minutes. He did get them the win but must have struggled to stay sharp back there, getting so little action.

It was not all sunshine for the Canes though as defenceman Brett Pesce left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. He logged just under 20 minutes in Game 1 and it looks like he will miss the rest of the first round. Veteran Tony DeAngelo skated in his spot in practice.

New York Islanders

Less than four minutes remained in the first period when Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring for the Islanders. Bo Horvat added the second of the night before the end of the period and just like in the regular season, the Islanders had a great first period. They followed it up with more power in the second, notching a third goal from captain Anders Lee under four minutes into the frame.

At that point, the Islanders started to try and weather the storm that the Hurricanes were launching at them. New York was playing with fire as they tried to kill a third consecutive penalty, but got burned and Carolina was right back in it.

They ended the second with just four shots on goal and were held to just one in the third and it was the first time in franchise history that an Isles team blew a three-goal lead in the playoffs.

Nobody would blame goalie Semyon Varlamov for either of the first two losses but coach Patrick Roy wants to shake up the lineup. That said, Ilya Sorokin will attempt to pull his team back into the series as it shifts to their home ice.

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