Panthers at Islanders Game 6 - 4/24/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (49-27-11) at New York Islanders (48-29-10)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 7:00 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 meet Sunday night for game six at the Barclays Center.
The Florida Panthers need another win in New York in order to force a game seven on Tuesday. 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 25 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 13 goals on 176 shots faced. Luongo has given up seven goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders can advance to the next round for the first time in forever 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. John Tavares leads New York with three goals, Kyle Okposo has four assists and Frans Nielsen has 13 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 12 goals on 192 shots faced. Greiss has given up six goals in his last three games.
The Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Islanders are 10-22 in their last 32 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 10-3-2 in the last 15 meetings.
This series probably should have been over already, as the Florida Panthers have played the better hockey, have outshot the Islanders and still find themselves on the losing end. A double-overtime loss at home can't feel good, however, the Panthers have shown the ability to bounce back in the past. I like Florida to win this contest and for this back and forth series to see a game seven.