Panthers at Islanders Game 3 - 4/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (48-27-9) at New York Islanders (46-28-10)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders / Florida Panthers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, NBCSN
The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders play a critical game three Sunday night at the Barclays Center.
The Florida Panthers look to steal back home ice after dropping a game at the BB&T Center. 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 three goals, Dmitry Kulikov has two assists and Nick Bjugstad has seven 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 six goals on 68 shots faced. Luongo has given up eight goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders hope to take control of the series with a solid home victory. 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 two goals, Kyle Okposo has two assists and Frans Nielsen has three 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 six goals on 76 shots faced. Greiss has given up eight goals in his last three games.
The Panthers are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-9 in their last 13 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Islanders are 8-21 in their last 29 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Panthers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Despite the series being tied up, the Panthers have pretty much outplayed the Islanders in both games, and they now go on the road where they've had great success recently. The Islanders continue to be hit or miss on the offensive end and could be in trouble with Luongo locked in.
I like the Panthers to take this game.