Islanders vs. Panthers - 2/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (21-17-10) at New York Islanders (32-16-1)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, MSG+
The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders meet Tuesday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Florida Panthers keep dropping in the standings with losses in seven of their last eight games. The Panthers are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have scored four power play goals in their last four games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 16 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 21 assists and Brad Boyes has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Al Montoya has allowed 32 goals on 294 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 94 goals on 1,144 shots.
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The New York Islanders hope to snap a two-game skid after splitting their last six games. The Islanders are averaging 3.1 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have scored five power play goals in their last six games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 23 goals, Kyle Okposo has 30 assists and Brock Nelson has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six straight games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 87 goals on 987 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 43 goals on 318 shots.
The Panthers are 43-88 in their last 131 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 2 days rest and 20-7 in their last 27 home games. The Panthers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings.
The Panthers are falling apart and playing some bad hockey right now, which makes them tough to back. You have to like the Islanders at home, especially with Florida playing on Monday.