Panthers at Islanders Game 4 - 4/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (48-27-10) at New York Islanders (47-28-10)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders -110 / Florida Panthers -110 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, USA
The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders play game four Wednesday night at the Barclays Center.
The Florida Panthers are almost in a must-win spot after already trailing this series 2-1. 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 19 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 10 goals on 107 shots faced. Luongo has given up 10 goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders can take a convincing 3-1 series lead with a victory here. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power plays. Frans Nielsen leads New York with two goals, John Tavares has four assists and Kyle Okposo has 12 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 nine goals on 115 shots faced. Greiss has given up nine goals in his last three games.
The Panthers are 4-2 in their last 6 road games and 4-10 in their last 14 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Islanders are 9-21 in their last 30 Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. The Panthers are 5-3 in the last 8 meetings.
Despite being down 2-1 in the series, the Panthers have actually outplayed the Islanders for much of the the three games. Florida has had countless leads throughout this series only to blow it due to not being able to finish games. The Panthers could easily be up 3-0 in this series if not for brain farts defensively.
Either way, we've seen the Panthers show up big when they needed to already, and I expect that to happen again. Look for the Panthers to tie this series up at 2-2.