The Panthers will travel to the Isles on Thursday, March 22nd. The game is a divisional match so it’s worth noting that both teams have won nine of their last ten games and are looking to go into the playoffs in good shape.
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The Florida Panthers are currently the hottest club in the NHL. Even though they have a guaranteed position in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they still have a motive to keep winning, since they are still tied for the best regular-season record with the Colorado Avalanche with just a few games left until the playoffs. Meanwhile, the New York Islanders may have dropped out of contention for a playoff berth, but that doesn’t mean they’ll make things easy for the Panthers at home later tonight. With that in mind, now is a good opportunity to check out our NHL odds series, which includes our Panthers-Islanders forecast, odds, and selection.
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Here are the Panthers-Islanders odds, courtesy of FanDuel:
Panthers vs. Islanders NHL odds
Panthers -1.5 (+116) Panthers -1.5 (+116) Panthers -1.5 (+116) Panther (-215 ML)
+1.5 (-140) (+176 ML) Islanders
Overtime: 6.5 (-110)
6.5 or less (-110)
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The Panthers’ Chances of Covering the Spread
Who will be able to stop the Panthers? Florida has been on a tear and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. The Panthers are undefeated in their past ten games entering into tonight’s matchup against the Jets. They’ve also gone 13-2-0 in their last 15 games. The Panthers thrashed the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on the road on Sunday, matching the score from a previous game against the Winnipeg Jets at home. Florida’s attack seems to be humming, as the club is now the league’s highest-scoring team by a wide margin.
They are the only side in the league that scores more than 3.9 goals per game, with 4.19 goals per game. The Islanders don’t need to be lectured about how dangerous Florida’s offense is because they’ve seen it for themselves this season. The Panthers won both of these clubs’ previous games by a combined score of 11-2. While both of those games were held in Florida’s home stadium, it doesn’t seem like geography is an issue for the Panthers, who seem to be able to win practically wherever they choose.
The Panthers are 18-5-2 on the road since the start of 2022. Sergei Bobrovsky, a Russian goaltender, played in net for the Panthers in both triumphs against New York, and he might make his third appearance against the same club later tonight after resting in the Red Wings game. In those games, he stopped 56 of the Islanders’ 58 shots on goal, and he is presently tied for second in the NHL with a 36-6-3 overall record.
Why the Islanders Have a Good Chance of Covering the Spread
The Islanders will not compete in the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing 4-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the last game of a three-game road trip. However, it’s possible that playing without the burden of needing to win games in order to reach the playoffs may benefit the Isles the rest of the way. The Panthers are a dangerous opponent, but now that they’ve clinched a playoff berth, their foot may be a little off the gas. On the other side, the Islanders have nothing to lose.
They’ve simply been so erratic of late, with the Islanders going 3-4-0 in their last four games, mixing victories and defeats. On defense, especially in the crease, New York has shown consistency. Ilya Sorokin isn’t the most flashy goaltender in the league — not even in New York — but he’s got the stats. Sorokin is fourth with a 2.31 GAA, second with a.927 SV percent, and second with seven total shutouts this season, despite having a 25-16-7 record.
Furthermore, Sorokin’s GAA is better than predicted, ranking him 10th among goalies with at least 30 starts this season (0.26). The Islanders’ ability to restrict premium shots will be put to the test once again against a high-flying Panthers attack. The top defensive high-danger scoring opportunity conversion rate belongs to New York (9.5 percent ). On the other hand, the Islanders’ penalty kill has been outstanding to say the least. Barry Trotz’s team has only allowed four power-play goals on 45 opportunities in their past 17 games.
Final Panthers-Islanders Prediction & Pick
Right now, the Panthers are on fire. If there’s a club that can stop them, I’m quite sure it won’t be the Islanders. I’m not going to overthink this one, so I’m going with Florida to win and cover the puck line.
Panthers vs. Islanders final pick: Panthers (-1.5)
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