Islanders at Panthers Game 5 - 4/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (47-29-10) at Florida Panthers (49-27-10)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -157 / New York Islanders +142 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, CNBC
The New York Islanders and Florida Panthers clash Friday night for game five at the BB&T Center.
The New York Islanders can regain control of this series with a victory and have a chance to end it back in New York. 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 three goals, Kyle Okposo has four assists and Frans Nielsen has eight 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 11 goals on 144 shots faced. Greiss has given up seven goals in his last three games.
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The Florida Panthers can take one step closer to advancing to the next round with a victory here. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power plays. Reilly Smith leads Florida with four goals, Nick Bjugstad has two assists and Aleksander Barkov has 20 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 11 goals on 134 shots faced. Luongo has given up six goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 9-22 in their last 31 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Islanders are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings in Florida.
I've said before that the Panthers have outplayed the Islanders for much of this series and probably should be going for the clincher already. When you add that the Panthers are tough to beat at home, I like the home team to take the 3-2 series lead.