The opening round series between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders was always going to be an interesting one and while many expected a Panthers win, it is the Isles that can wrap things up in Brooklyn Sunday. Should the Isles win and finish the series, it will be the first time the franchise has advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 23 years.
- The Panthers are 5-2 SU in their last seven road games.
- OVER is 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings in New York.
- OVER is 4-1 in the Islanders last five games on home ice.
Both the Panthers and Islanders are currently -110 in moneyline markets at online shop Bovada. As for the total, OVER 5 goals is -115 while UNDER 5 goals is presently -105.
The Islanders took a 3-2 series lead thanks to an overtime winner from Alan Quine; a perfect time for the 23-year-old to record his first goal of the postseason.
Netminder Thomas Greiss has been excellent with regular No. 1 Jaroslav Halak out due to injury. The German stopped 47 of the 48 shots he faced in Friday’s double-overtime victory. In five games thus far, Greiss has stopped 180 of 192 shots and has posted a 2.09 goals against average and .938 save percentage.
Reports have surfaced that Nick Bjugstad did not travel with the team to Brooklyn for Game 6. Bjugstad suffered a head injury in Game 5 after falling and receiving treatment. He has recorded four points in the postseason thus far, which is tied for second most behind Reilly Smith’s eight.