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New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers - 1/30/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida Panthers (19-22-6) at New York Islanders (25-20-5)
Date & Time Tuesday January 30, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: New York Islanders -167 / Florida Panthers +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
FS-Florida, MSG+
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The Florida Panthers open the second half of the NHL season at the New York Islanders.

The Florida Panthers are 6th in the Atlantic and need to get and stay hot over the second half of the season in order to make a run at the postseason. Florida headed in to the All Star break with a three game skid after a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. The Panthers managed a pair of goals from Denis Malgin in the first and second with Harri Sateri making 42 stops.

The balanced attack of Washington featured four different players scoring  with Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson and Brett Connolly all lighting the lamp. Evgeny Kuzenetov added a pair of helpers and Braden Holtby recorded 32 saves to pick up the win for Washington.

The New York Islanders possess the number two scoring offense and #31 defense so somebody is generally scoring when this team takes the ice. New York is kicking off the second half off a 2-1 victory at the Vegas Golden Knights where the defensive end of the ice controlled the high powered Vegas attack. 

The Islanders opened the scoring in the second on a Ross Johnston tally at 10:01 with Jordan Eberle doubling the advantage at 8:21 of the third period. Erik Haula got Vegas on the board at 14:53 on the power play but Isles goalie Jaroslav Halak came up big with 38 saves while Marc-Andre Fleury was charged with the loss with both goals allowed on 25 shots. 

Over is 6-0 in Panthers last 6 overall and over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and Panthers are 1-7 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and Islanders are 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games and over is 6-1-1 in Islanders last 8 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game. Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York and road team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and over is 12-5-3 in the last 20 meetings. 

These teams play a ton of overs so I’m inclined to back the over as well with neither side winning me over…

Pick:
over 5.5 // will update

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