The Florida Panthers shocked everyone by putting together an exceptional regular season and winning the Atlantic Division. Now, for just the second time in franchise history, the Panthers will look to win an opening round series when they tangle with the New York Islanders as things get started in Sunrise Thursday evening.
- The total has gone OVER in eight of the previous 10 meetings between these teams.
- The Panthers are 11-4 SU in the last 15 games versus the Metropolitan Division.
- The total has gone OVER in seven of the Panthers’ last eight home games.
The Panthers are presently -140 in moneyline markets at online book Bovada while the Islanders can be had at +120. OVER 5 goals is presently -135 while UNDER 5 goals is +115.
The Panthers won the Atlantic Division with 103 points – six more than the Tampa Bay Lightning. A 12-game winning streak that bridged 2015 and 2016 catapulted the Panthers into the division title conversation and they never looked back.
Florida enters the playoffs as one of the hotter teams in the league as they’ve won five of six and seven of their last nine. They’ve won four of the last five meetings with the Islanders and took two of three from them this season.
The Isles, who have lost back-to-back games entering the playoffs, did win the most recent meeting, however, as they skated to a 3-2 victory on home ice back on March 14.