Florida Panthers (15-15-4) vs. New York Islanders (18-14-2)
December 23, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders -109 / Florida Panthers -114; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the UBS Arena on Friday night.
The Florida Panthers will look to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils last time out. Matthew Tkachuk has a team-high 39 points with 14 goals and 25 assists while Brandon Montour has 26 points and Carter Verhaeghe has 28 points with Montour logging 20 assists while Verhaeghe has 17 goals of his own this season. Sergei Bobrovsky has posted a 7-10-1 record with a 3.25 GAA and a .895 save percentage while Spencer Knight is 8-5-3 with a 2.93 GAA and a .909 save percentage in goal for Florida this season.
The New York Islanders will try to bounce back from a 5-3 loss to the Rangers in their last game. Brock Nelson has a team-high 33 points with a team-high 15 goals and 18 assists while Mathew Barzal has 33 points with a team-high 28 assists and Anders Lee has 24 points with 11 goals and 13 assists. Ilya Sorokin has gone 10-11-1 with a 2.44 GAA and a .924 save percentage while Semyon Varlamov is 8-3-1 with a 2.65 GAA and a .919 save percentage so far this season.
Florida is 1-6 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 8-2 in their last 10 Friday games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against the Metropolitan division. New York is 2-9 in their last 11 games against the Atlantic division and 1-4 in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games played on no rest.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m backing the Panthers here. I was thinking about siding with the Islanders, but their lacklustre performance against the Rangers really left a mark and this is a quick turnaround for the Islanders to have to figure things out. I think the Panthers walk into Long Island and snag a win here so give me the Islanders.