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Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders - 12/4/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (15-8-2) at Florida Panthers (10-13-3)
Date & Time Monday December 4, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers -105 / New York Islanders -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Florida, MSG+
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The BB&T Center and the Florida Panthers welcome the New York Islanders to town for a Monday NHL tilt.

The New York Islanders look to get back in the win column when the team begins an east coast road swing with a stop to face the Florida Panthers. New York had won eight of nine before cooling off for a night in a 6-5 defeat to the visiting Ottawa Senators where the defense struggled to keep the puck out of their own net.

New York saw Anders Lee score two times with Andrew Ladd, Anthony Beauvillier and Jason Chimera also lighting the lamp. Josh Bailey added two assists but Thomas Greiss allowed five goals on 18 shots before the Islanders removed him in favor of Jaroslav Halak who stopped 14-15 shots.

The Senators received two goals from Ryan Dzingel with Bobby Ryan, Zach Smith, Thomas Chabot and Mike Hoffman also scoring. Chabot also logged two helpers with Craig Anderson  giving up five goals before Mike Condom made 19 saves.

The Florida Panthers need to get the offense on track and avoid a three game skid when the surging New York Islanders visit on Monday. Florida comes off of a 3-2, overtime loss at the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night where the defense couldn’t shoulder the load.

Defense was the name of the game with Elias Lindholm scoring in the first on the power play for a 1-0 lead that lasted until the third. The Panthers evened the game at 4:52 on a Nick Bjugstad tally. Jeff Skinner gave the Hurricanes the lead on another power play before Aleksander Barkov scored with 1:56 remaining in regulation.

Noah Hanflin secured the two points for Carolina with a mere two seconds remaining in the extra session. Cam Ward made 37 saves to get the win for the Canes while James Reimer stopped 44 shots.

Over is 8-1-1 in Islanders last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and over is 6-1 in Islanders last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and over is 5-1 in Islanders last 6 vs. Atlantic. Over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game and under is 6-0 in Panthers last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 8-1 in Panthers last 9 overall. Over is 9-2-3 in the last 14 meetings in Florida and under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.  

The Islanders are the hotter of the two teams and they might be worth a look once I see goalies…

over 5.5 will update

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