Florida Panthers at New York Islanders Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/31/2014
Tuesday, April 1, 7:00 PM on FSFL, SunS, MSG+
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
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The Florida Panthers were able to beat the New York Islanders 5-3 the last time they played thanks to a four-goal third period. In a season full of low points, this was certainly one of the games of the season for the Panthers.
The Islanders were the first team to score in this one when Thomas Vanek scored his 20th of the season. Vanek would quickly get his second and double New York's lead less than a minute later with a power-play tally. Thomas Vanek was easily the best player on the ice for the Islanders, scoring two goals and assisting on another. It took until the 18th minute of the second period to get the next goal, which was scored by Florida's Shawn Matthias to make it 2-1. However, less than a minute later, the Islanders would extend their lead to two again when Ryan Strome scored off of a pass from Vanek.
From that point on, it was all Florida. In the third period, the Panthers got goals from Marcel Goc, Matthias, Scottie Upshall and a power play goal by Jimmy Hayes to seal the win for the road team. The win ended the Panthers' four-game losing streak.
Matthias finished the game with two goals and an assist for the Panthers, while Upshall had two assists to go along with his third period goal. Florida goalie Tim Thomas ended up with 35 saves in the win.
Florida is 13-26 straight up on the road this season
Florida is 19-17-3 against the over/under on the road this season
New York is 12-26 straight up at home this season
New York is 19-19-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/28/14 GO Roberto Luongo Upper Body expected to miss 3 games
03/27/14 D Tom Gilbert Hernia out for season
03/21/14 D Alex Petrovic Upper Body out indefinitely
03/19/14 C Jonathan Huberdeau Upper Body out indefinitely
02/24/14 C Aleksander Barkov Knee out 4-6 weeks
02/20/14 RW Tomas Kopecky Concussion out indefinitely
01/21/14 D Mike Mottau Leg out indefinitely
03/29/14 RW Kyle Okposo Lower Body questionable Tuesday vs Florida
03/24/14 D Lubomir Visnovsky Concussion out indefinitely
03/22/14 D Brian Strait Hand out indefinitely
03/12/14 RW Michael Grabner Concussion out indefinitely
03/06/14 LW Eric Boulton Hand out indefinitely
02/27/14 C John Tavares Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Florida
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