Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders - 8/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders - 8/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (36-23-10) at Florida Panthers (35-27-8)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Florida Panthers +100 / New York Islanders -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders meet Wednesday in game three of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Florida Panthers need a win here to save their season and force a game four on Friday. The Florida Panthers are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida with one goal, Keith Yandle has two assists and Aaron Ekblad has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing two goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up six goals on 62 shots faced.  

The New York Islanders hope to complete the sweep and advance to the next playoff series. The New York Islanders are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jordan Eberle leads New York with two goals, Derick Brassard has two assists and Anthony Beauvillier has seven shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing one goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up three goals on 56 shots faced.

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The Islanders are 20-7 in their last 27 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 2-10 in their last 12 Wednesday games. The Panthers are 18-40 in their last 58 Wednesday games, 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The under is 10-4 in Islanders last 14 overall. The under is 6-0 in Panthers last 6 overall. The road team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The favorite is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

Outside of having a couple of leads in game two for a short amount of time, it's never felt like the Florida Panthers were in control of either of the first two games of this series. The Panthers just can't get their offense going and the defense that's struggled all regular season season continues to show its ugly head. The New York Islanders have looked like the better team by a decent margin and there's no reason to think game three will be any different. 

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -120

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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