Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/4/2020
Game: Florida Panthers vs New York Islanders
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (+105) Islanders (-125)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (35-23-10, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) host the Florida Panthers (35-26-8, 4th in the Atlantic Division) at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. New York leads the series 1-0. The Islanders open this matchup at -125 while the Panthers are coming in at +105. The total is set at 5.5. The Panthers cover 48.5% of the time, having gone 32-34 SU. New York covers 49.2% of the time, going 32-33 straight up.
The Florida Panthers head into this game holding a record of 35 victories and 26 losses, which puts them at 4th in the Atlantic Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 228 goals which puts them at 5th in the conference and 6th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +4, which puts them at 16th in the NHL. The Panthers currently have a total of 78 points, which puts them at 18th in the NHL and 11th in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots on goal, they currently have a total of 2,253 which puts them at 5th in the East and 9th in the NHL. As a group, Florida has collected a total of 1,212 hits which means they are averaging 17.6 per game. They currently have a total of 827 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky from Ogdensburg, New York. He is 31 years old and has totaled 2,806 minutes in net for the campaign. Bobrovsky is surrendering 3.23 goals against average which has him placed 30th in the East and 60th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this season, he has given up 151 goals. He's earned a save % of .900 which has him placed 26th in the East.
The Panthers will look for better times on the ice after their 2 - 1 defeat to the Islanders in Game 1. The Panthers could have played much better offensively in the defeat. While out there on the ice, they finished 1 out of the 28 shots they put on net. They also had 1 power play attempt but didn't net one. Florida ended up with 8 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Panthers was 48 and the Corsi against was 51 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 48.5%. Their Fenwick sat at 36 and the Fenwick against sat at 38, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 48.6%. They won 21 face-off wins at even strength and lost 25 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 43.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 100.0 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the New York Islanders tallied a total of 28 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 4 minutes in the box and they earned 3 power play chances.
The Islanders will be looking to get a victory in this matchup and for the season they sit with 35 victories and 23 losses. With reference to goal differential, they are ranked 10th in the conference and 19th in the NHL with -1. They have compiled a total of 189 goals for this year which is 13th in the East. New York has a team save % of .911 which has them sitting 8th in the NHL, meaning scoring opportunities may be scarce. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.4% which is good for 11th in the conference. In net for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having an ok season by allowing 2.62 goals against average and that has him 11th in the Eastern Conference and 18th in the NHL among goalies. In the 2,517 mins he's played this year, he's surrendered 110 goals. He's earned a save % of .914, which puts him at 12th in the Eastern Conference and 26th in the NHL among goalies.
In Game 1 New York wound up with a 51.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 51 while their Florida earned a Corsi of 48. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 51.4% with a Fenwick of 38 and the Panthers ending the game with a 36 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that New York played and it could be said that this team has had better games. They had a PDO of 100 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 56.3%. The Islanders notched 2 goals of the 28 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 3 power play chances in this one and were able to net 1 out of those opportunities. As for their opponent, the Panthers had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to take advantage of it. New York gave way to 28 shots on goal and the Panthers racked up a total of 8 penalty mins.
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Tony's Pick: Take Florida (+105)
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