Florida Panthers at New York Islanders Free Preview

Two clubs that are squaring off for the third and final time this season, the Florida Panthers and the New York Islanders face off at the Barclays Center in an Eastern Conference matchup. The opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, March 26, and fans at home can watch the game live on MSG Network.

Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders Odds

Florida (+125) is playing the role of underdog to Florida (-145) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).

Florida is 38-35 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 73 regular season contests, 37 of its games have gone over the total, while 35 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Panthers are 15-21 SU as the away team in 2017-18.

Florida has converted on 19.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 15th in the league, and it has successfully killed off 80.7 percent of all penalties.

Florida, as a collective unit, has been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game this season, and 3.4 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties 8.6 minutes per contest over their last five road games.

With a .912 save percentage and 28.3 saves per game, James Reimer (19-20-5) has been the primary option in goal for Florida this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach Bob Boughner might roll with Roberto Luongo (15-14-3), who has a .927 save percentage and 2.55 goals against average this year.

Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Panthers. Barkov has 74 points on 26 goals and 48 assists, and has recorded multiple points 21 times. Trocheck has 30 goals and 39 assists to his credit (and has logged at least one point in 47 games).

New York is 31-44 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 75 regular season contests, 45 of its games have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just three have pushed. It’s 17-20 SU as the home team this year.

New York has converted on 22.4 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 32nd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.3 percent of all opponent power plays.

New York players have been penalized only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 4.6 per game over their past five outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 5.2 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

Jaroslav Halak has stopped 29.2 shots per game as the top choice in goal for New York. Halak has 18 wins, 34 losses, and six OT losses to his credit and has recorded a fairly-weak .906 save percentage and 3.24 goals against average this year.

John Tavares (33 goals, 45 assists) will lead the attack for the Islanders.

Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in three of New York’s last five games.
  • The Panthers have averaged the league’s most shots on goal (34.7) while New York has attempted the 21st-most (only 31.2).
  • Power-play opportunities could be key in tonight’s matchup. The Panthers are 15-18 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 18-22 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes. The Islanders are 12-23 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 20-34 when they’re in the box for less than 10 minutes.
  • New York is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Florida is 3-3 in shootouts.
  • New York is ranked 21st overall with 6.5 takeaways per game. That figure’s trended upward, as it has created 7.6 takeaways over its last 10 games and 8.4 takeaways over its last five.
  • Florida has created 5.4 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 8.9 takeaways per game (ranked third).
  • Florida might hold an advantage if it’s a tight one late. The team’s 17-15 in one-goal games, while New York is only 12-19 in such games.