New York Islanders at Florida Panthers - 8/7/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Florida Panthers - 8/7/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (37-24-10) at Florida Panthers (36-28-8)

NHL Hockey: Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Florida Panthers -102 / New York Islanders -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders meet Friday in game four of the NHL East Qualifying action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Florida Panthers need a win here to save their season and force a game five on Sunday. The Florida Panthers are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with two goals, Keith Yandle has three assists and Aleksander Barkov has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.67 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up eight goals on 84 shots faced.  

The New York Islanders hope to complete the sweep and advance to the next playoff series. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.67 goals per game and are scoring on 23.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jordan Eberle leads New York with two goals, Devon Toews has three assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing two goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up six goals on 78 shots faced.

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The Islanders are 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-8 in their last 10 overall. The Panthers are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win, 3-8 in their last 11 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The under is 10-4 in Islanders last 14 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Panthers last 8 overall. The Islanders are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

The Florida Panthers found some offensive success in game three and they're a scary team when the offense is flowing. Still, the New York Islanders have been the better team for much of this series and have been beaten up on the Panthers the last few years. I still lean toward the under in this contest, as eight of the last 10 meetings between the Panthers and Islanders have produced five or less goals. You can have even more confidence in this pick with Sergei Bobrovsky playing much improved hockey.

Not sure who wins, but I like the under 5.5 goals.

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