Free Game 2 Prediction: Islanders vs Panthers Odds
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New York Leads Best of Seven 1-0
(46-27-5-5) New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers (47-27-6-3)
Date: Friday, April 15th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Panthers -155
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5
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A very entertaining Game 1 saw the New York Islanders come from behind and hold off a late Panthers rush as they stole home ice in a 5-4 win.
Now, the Islanders to take command of the series and steal Game 2 in this quick turnaround on Friday night.
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Jonathan Tavares has been a major key to success all season long for the Islanders. It seems like this team will only go as far as he takes them. Well in Game 1, he certainly put the team on his back with a goal and a pair of assists as he simply torched the Panthers defensive front.
While Thomas Greiss did struggle at times during the night, he faced a lot of shots and made some huge saves. Greiss turned away 42 shots and perhaps had the play of the night making a point blank save on Jagr’s shot with just seconds to go.
New York will now look for it’s first 2-0 lead in any series in the playoffs since 1983. They took a 2-0 lead over the Oilers, only to eventually sweep them in 4 games.
Thomas Greiss will continue to get the starts as Halak continues to work his way back from injury.
This was the first time since 2012 the Panthers were making a playoff appearance and it appeared some jitters were there for them. Florida got out to an early lead and led 3-2 in the 2nd, only to see the Islanders rattle off 3 straight.
The defensive breakdowns have been rare for Florida this year, but in Game 1, they were sloppy in the back.
The good news for them is they don’t have to think about this loss very long. They were right there in Game 1 and certainly have the capability of stealing a game in New York. However, avoiding a 2-0 hole is an absolute must here.
Offensively for the Panthers, Reilly Smith was the key as he put in 2 goals, but made it very apparent that while the team is frustrated, they can’t let the loss linger.
Jagr continues to struggle to find the net in playoff time as well. His last 32 playoff games have resulted zero goals and 16 assists. He was the main reason behind the offensive success in the regular season for the Panthers and he’ll certainly need to step his game up here in Game 2.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Islanders are 5-2 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Islanders are 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
- Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Panthers are 11-5 in their last 16 vs. Metropolitan.
- Panthers are 19-9 in their last 28 home games.
Free New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers NHL Hockey Prediction
There is a lot of pressure on Florida here. They certainly can steal one in New York, but falling down 2-0 is a tough hole to dig out of.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Florida
Expect the Panthers to come out with a little more of a defensive mind, as they grab Game 2 and head to Brooklyn even.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Florida 3 – New York 2
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