Florida Panthers (1-3-3) at New York Islanders (3-4-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 24, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Islanders -110 / Florida Panthers +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5
The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.
The Florida Panthers are getting desperate for a victory after a rough 1-3-3 start to the season. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 11.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Evgenii Dadonov leads Florida with three goals, Keith Yandle has six assists and Vincent Trocheck has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Michael Hutchinson has given up 10 goals on 68 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 13 goals on 98 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in each of their last six games.
The New York Islanders could also use a feel good victory here after losing four of their last six games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Valtteri Filppula leads New York with four goals, Mathew Barzal has six assists and Josh Bailey has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 10 goals on 134 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed eight goals on 98 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed four or more goals in four of their last six games.
The Panthers are 9-3 in their last 12 vs. Metropolitan, 2-5 in their last 7 road games and 15-37 in their last 52 Wednesday games. The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-9 in their last 13 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Panthers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York, the road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.
The Florida Panthers have far more talent than what their record indicates, so the wins should start coming eventually, but the lack of defense has killed this club with the loss of Roberto Luongo. Playing on the end of a back to back certainly doesn't help. The New York Islanders are well rested and have played their best hockey in the two home games they've had, scoring a combined seven goals. Based on how the Panthers have played up to this point, I have to side with the Islanders and the cheap price.