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Islanders at Hurricanes | OddsShark Matchup Report
Opening NHL Odds: Hurricanes -120 Favorites
These teams both needed some extra time off following another tight matchup in Game 2 on Sunday after the Hurricanes scored two goals in 48 seconds early in the third period to steal a 2-1 victory and take a 2-0 series lead. Though Carolina is banged up more than any other team remaining in the Stanley Cup playoffs, this squad may also have the best home-ice advantage following three wins over the defending champion Washington Capitals by a combined score of 12-3 in the first round.
Goaltender Petr Mrazek is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury suffered in Game 2 for the Hurricanes, who saw backup Curtis McElhinney perform well in relief with 17 saves on 17 shots to preserve the win. The biggest issue for the Islanders is a lack of scoring, totalling only one goal through the first two games of this series, with the UNDER cashing in five straight games for them since the series opener of the first round. But New York did find a way to outscore the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-2 in two games on the road in completing a sweep of their first-round series, providing some hope.
Blues at Stars | OddsShark Matchup Report
Opening NHL Odds: Stars -120 Favorites
This series seems destined to go seven games as long as the Stars find a way to even things up in Game 4 at home. The Blues improved to 4-0 on the road this postseason with a 4-3 victory in Game 3 as +100 underdogs on Monday. St. Louis won all three games away from home versus the Winnipeg Jets in the first round and plays with a different sense of urgency in this road situation.
Dallas performed well enough to win Game 3 at home but gave up a late goal to Patrick Maroon with 1:38 remaining for the deciding tally. There were four goals in the third period overall to push the total OVER five goals for the second straight game as well. Prior to Game 2, the UNDER was 3-0-1 in the previous four games for the Blues. However, the OVER is on a 4-1-1 run for the Stars.