New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers - 12/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (14-12-4) at New York Islanders (18-8-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -213 / Florida Panthers +160 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, MSG+
The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders meet Tuesday night at the Barclays Center.
The Florida Panthers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with nine goals, Jussi Jokinen has 13 assists and Vincent Trocheck has 52 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 56 goals on 721 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 12 goals on 169 shots. Luongo has allowed nine goals in his last three games. Derek MacKenzie is doubtful with a knee injury.
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The New York Islanders look to remain red hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 13 goals, Kyle Okposo has 18 assists and Frans Nielsen has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 85.9 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 34 goals on 457 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 28 goals on 418 shots. Halak has allowed eight goals in his last three games. Ryan Strome is questionable with an upper-body injury.
The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The Islanders are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 6-18 in their last 24 vs. Atlantic. The Panthers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Both teams are playing well right now and Florida has won five of the last seven meetings against the Islanders. Based on the value of the plus money, I'll take a shot with the Panthers here.