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New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers - 1/11/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (18-16-8) at New York Islanders (15-15-8)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: New York Islanders -135 / Florida Panthers +105 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Florida

The Florida Panthers lock horns with the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center in NHL hockey.

The Florida Panthers need all their big guns to be a success and the red flag was raised when goalie Roberto Luongo went down with an upper body injury. Luongo made a triumph return in the Panthers 3-0 victory versus the New Jersey Devils with 28 stops to record shutout number 73. The Panthers received goals from Jussi Jokinen Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck as the team tries to track down Philadelphia for the final playoff spot. Corey Schneider and his 26 saves was not enough for New Jersey who dropped their third consecutive contest and suffered through their third shutout of the year as well.

New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers - 1/11/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Islanders had the perfect scenario set up for them with as they traveled Gila River Arena to take the ice with the slumping Phoenix Coyotes. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems as the Coyotes turned on the defense and snapped a nine game slide with a 2-1, shootout victory over the Islanders. Brendan Perlini scored in the third for the Yotes lone regulation tally with Anthony Duclair and Radim Vrbata to make a winner of Louis Dominique. scoring in the SO that upped the Coyotes to 12-22-6 with four wins coming via the shootout. New York saw Alan Quine score in regulation and Thomas Greiss stop 24 shots in the defeat.

The under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and the under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 games playing on 1 days rest while the under is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. The over is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and the over is 5-0 in Islanders last 5 home games while the Islanders are 7-0 in their last 7 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days. The under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings in New York.  

Neither team has been impressive overall but the question to be answered is Luongo back in the nets….

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