Islanders vs Panthers Playoff Prediction 4/15/16
Game 2 between New York and Florida in the 2016 NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Playoffs. Predictions, Picks and Odds.
It’s a back to back game for the Islanders and Panthers tonight, with one team looking to extend their series lead, while the other looks for instant redemption. The Islanders beat Florida on their home ice during Thursday night’s opening round. It was actually the Panthers who dominated most of the game, and still ended up out shooting the Islanders 46-26, but New York’s defense seemed to be too much for the Panthers offense, even with plenty of opportunities to score, and even tie up the game in the final minute.
The Islanders may not have received a lot of second glances when they made their way into the playoffs this season, but after the way they played Thursday night, they proved right away that they’re going to be taken seriously. Their offense pummeled through game one, led by John Tavares, who grabbed a goal and two assists, and was named the game’s First Star. Greiss will be in the goal again for the Islanders tonight, adding to his first NHL playoff start on Thursday.
The Panthers will put Roberto Luongo in the goal again, after he allowed five goals on 26 shots Thursday. However, coach Gallant stated he believes their problems were more with the defense, and not Luongo, who’s been their go-to guy all season. The Panthers did gather up some motivation toward the end of the game, coming dangerously close to tying it up, and they’ll likely be looking for that motivation again to get their first playoff win since 1996. With game one under the belts of both teams, it seems they have one thing in common; neither are hanging up the series on just game one.
New York Islanders vs Florida Panthers Playoff Prediction 4/15/16
I backed the Panthers last night, Luongo had an awful game. I have been preaching all season that Luongo is a great goaltender and I expect him to rebound tonight.
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