NHL Playoffs Game 6: Hurricanes vs Islanders Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Apr 28)
- Carolina Hurricanes within one victory of securing their spot in the next round
- New York Islanders must win game six to force a game seven
We have arrived at the business end of the opening round series between the Hurricanes and Islanders. A victory for the away team on Friday would secure their spot in the next round of the playoffs, while the Islanders need a success to force game seven.
How To Watch
- When: Friday, April 28, 2023, at TBA
- Where: UBS Arena, New York
- How To Watch: NHL TV
The opening round series between the Islanders and Hurricanes took another twist in game five, as Carolina spurned their opportunity to book their spot in the next round. Instead, it was a victory for the Islanders, which keeps alive their hopes of reaching the next round. The Islanders fully deserved the win on the road, as they defended excellently in the closing stages to hold on to their advantage.
New York netted twice in the second period to move into a 3-1 lead, and they weren’t to be denied success in game five. Pierre Engvall, Brock Nelson, and Matthew Barzal all scored goals, with assists being added by Bo Horvat and Kyle Palmieri.
To say that game five was a missed opportunity for the Hurricanes would be an understatement. Victory would have secured their spot in the next round. However, they will get a second opportunity at UBS Arena on Friday, and they will take confidence from their 5-2 win in game four of the series.
However, the Hurricanes looked overwhelmed in game five, which could be a concern should we arrive at a game seven in Carolina over the weekend. The Hurricanes’ goals in Wednesday’s defeat were scored by Sebastian Aho and Paul Stastny.
The Islanders have a chance to force a game seven on Friday, but only victory will do. They are extremely short in the betting to claim the win this week. Therefore, we will be taking a chance on the second seeds in the Eastern Conference to upset the home support and book their spot in the next round.