New York Islanders vs Florida Panthers Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/5/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs Florida Panthers
Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (-127) Panthers (+107)
Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (35-23-10, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Florida Panthers (35-26-8, 4th in the Atlantic Division). New York leads the series 2-0. The Panthers open this matchup at +107 while the Islanders are coming in at -127. The total opens at 5.5. The Islanders are covering 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. Florida is covering 48.5% of the time, going 32-34 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this game holding a record of 35 wins and 23 losses, which is good for 6th in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have racked up a total of 189 goals which has them ranked at 13th in the East and 24th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -1, which is good for 19th in the NHL. The Islanders currently have a total of 80 points, which has them ranked at 14th in the NHL and 9th in the East. When looking at shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 2,016 which has them ranked at 15th in the East and 30th in the NHL. As a group, New York has earned a total of 1,839 hits which means they are averaging 27 per contest. They currently have a total of 980 blocks for the season. The man in goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has played 2,517 mins defending the goal for the season. Varlamov is surrendering an average of 2.62 goals per contest which ranks him 11th in the East and 18th in the NHL among goalies. During this season, he's given up 110 goals. He holds a save percentage of .914 which ranks him 12th in the East.
The Islanders came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 2-1 win against the Panthers in Game 1. The Islanders left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in this win. In the game, they scored on 2 out of the 28 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 3 power play chances and netted 1 goal out of those chances. New York ended up with a total of 4 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 51 and the Corsi against at even strength was 48 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 51.5%. Their Fenwick was 38 while the Fenwick against was 36, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 51.4%. They won 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 21 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 56.3% and they had a PDO at even strength of 100.0 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Florida Panthers earned 28 shots. They ended the game with 8 penalty mins and they earned 1 power play attempt.
The Panthers will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 35 wins and 26 defeats. When looking at goal differential, they are ranked 9th in the East and 16th in the NHL with +4. They have compiled a total of 228 goals for the year which ranks them 5th in the conference. Florida has a save % as a team of .899 which has them 26th in the NHL, which tells us there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 10.1% which is good for 7th in the conference. In goal for Florida is Sergei Bobrovsky who is having a rough season by giving up 3.23 goals per game and that ranks him 30th in the Eastern Conference and 60th among goalies in the NHL. In the 2,806 minutes he's played this season, he has allowed 151 goals. His save percentage is .900, which has him placed 26th in the Eastern Conference and 54th among goalies in the NHL.
In Game 1 Florida went home with a 48.5% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 48 and the other team having a Corsi of 51. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 48.6% by earning a Fenwick of 36 and the Islanders having a 38 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Florida had and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 100.0 and they earned an oZS percentage of 43.4%. The Panthers netted 1 goal of the 28 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 1 power play opportunity in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. As for their opponent, the Islanders had 3 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Florida gave way to 28 shots on goal and the Islanders had a total of 4 penalty minutes.
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Tony's Pick: Take New York (-127)
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