Islanders at Panthers - 4/14/16 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (45-27-10) at Florida Panthers (47-26-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -135 / New York Islanders +115 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders and Florida Panthers meet Thursday night in game one of the playoffs.
The New York Islanders enter the playoffs after winning six of their last nine games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 33 goals, Brock Nelson has 14 assists and Kyle Okposo has 202 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Thomas Greiss has allowed 90 goals on 1,197 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has given up 80 goals on 984 shots. Greiss has allowed five goals in his last three games.
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The Florida Panthers enter the playoffs after winning seven of their last nine games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power plays. Aleksander Barkov leads Florida with 28 goals, Jaromir Jagr has 39 assists and Vincent Trocheck has 174 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.5 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 141 goals on 1,801 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 49 goals on 608 shots. Luongo has allowed six goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 7-20 in their last 27 Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss of 3 or more goals. The Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 13-3 in their last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Islanders are 4-12 in the last 16 meetings in Florida and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Panthers have gotten the better of the Islanders for quite some time now, and they play rather tough hockey on their home ice. Florida should be able to strike first blood against an Islanders team that's been hit or miss pretty much all season long.