Back Underdog Islanders With Your NHL Playoffs Picks Over Panthers

Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:03 PM GMT

Our very successful NHL handicapping expert previews Thursday’s opening game of the Islanders/Panthers series. Go inside to read this insightful betting article before making any NHL picks today.

About the Writer/NHL Handicapper
Ross Benjamin proved once again why he's one of the most successful NHL handicappers in the world during last season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he's off to another good start in 2016. Ross' transparency is why he's such a highly respected handicapper and writer in an industry littered with fraudulent individuals. Below are the results of his pay selections that were verified and documented by an independent highly credible source in the sports handicapping industry.

2015/2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 35-20-0 (63.6%) (+1,652.00 Units)

Date

Picks

Profit

Apr 13, 2015

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Take: St. Louis -134 (Win)

+100

Jun 15, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Take: Total +5 under +110 (Win)

+110

Jun 13, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: Chicago Blackhawks +110 (Win)

+110

Jun 10, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks
Take: Total +5.5 over +122 (Loss)

-100

Jun 08, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Take: Total +5.5 under -127 (Win)

+100

Jun 06, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: Tampa Bay Lightning -123 (Win)

+100

Jun 03, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: Total +5 under +130 (Win)

+130

May 30, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks
Take: Chicago Blackhawks +116 (Win)

+116

May 29, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Rangers
Take: NY Rangers -155 (Loss)

-155

May 27, 2015

Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Take: Chicago Blackhawks -139 (Win)

+100

May 26, 2015

NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: NY Rangers +118 (Win)

+118

May 25, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks
Take: Chicago Blackhawks +125 (Loss)

-100

May 24, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Rangers
Take: NY Rangers -130 (Loss)

-130

May 23, 2015

Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Take: Total +5 un +122 (Loss)

-100

May 22, 2015

NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: NY Rangers +118 (Win)

+118

May 21, 2015

Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks
Take: Chicago Blackhawks -135 (Loss)

-135

May 20, 2015

NY Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: Total +5 over +125 (Win)

+125

May 19, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks
Take: Chicago Blackhawks +110 (Win)

+110

May 18, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. NY Rangers
Take: Total +4.5 over -119 (Win)

+100

May 17, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Anaheim Ducks
Take: Anaheim Ducks -128 (Win)

+100

May 16, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs NY Rangers
Take: Tampa Bay Lightning +122 (Loss)

-100

May 13, 2015

Washington Capitals vs. NY Rangers
Take: NY Rangers -150 (Win)

+100

May 12, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
Take: Total +4.5 ov -139 (Win)

+100

May 10, 2015

NY Rangers vs Washington Capitals
Take: NY Rangers +101 (Win)

+101

May 09, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens
Take: Total +5 over +130 (Loss)

-100

May 08, 2015

Anaheim Ducks vs. Calgary Flames
Take: Total +5.5 over +112 (Win)

+112

May 07, 2015

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: Montreal Canadiens +145 (Win)

+145

May 06, 2015

NY Rangers vs. Washington Capitals
Take: Total +4.5 ov -134 (Loss)

-134

May 06, 2015

Montreal Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: Montreal Canadiens +134 (Loss)

-100

May 04, 2015

NY Rangers vs. Washington Capitals
Take: NY Rangers -102 (Loss)

-102

May 03, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
Take: Montreal Canadiens -124 (Loss)

-124

May 01, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens
Take: Tampa Bay Lightning +115 (Win)

+115

Apr 30, 2015

Washington Capitals vs. NY Rangers
Take: Total +5 un -117 (Win)

+100

Apr 29, 2015

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: Detroit Red Wings +166 (Loss)

-100

Apr 27, 2015

NY Islanders vs. Washington Capitals
Take: NY Islanders +125 (Loss)

-100

Apr 26, 2015

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
Take: Ottawa Senators -110 (Loss)

-110

Apr 25, 2015

Washington Capitals vs. NY Islanders
Take: NY Islanders -124 (Win)

+100

Apr 24, 2015

Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens
Take: Ottawa Senators +155 (Win)

+155

Apr 23, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators
Take: Nashville Predators -112 (Win)

+100

Apr 23, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings
Take: Detroit Red Wings -109 (Loss)

-109

Apr 22, 2015

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
Take: Ottawa Senators -107 (Win)

+100

Apr 22, 2015

NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Take: Pittsburgh Penguins +105 (Loss)

-100

Apr 21, 2015

Washington Capitals vs. NY Islanders
Take: Washington Capitals +119 (Win)

+119

Apr 21, 2015

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings
Take: Detroit Red Wings +100 (Win)

+100

Apr 20, 2015

NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Take: NY Rangers -115 (Win)

+100

Apr 19, 2015

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames
Take: Total +5 un +126 (Loss)

-100

Apr 19, 2015

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
Take: Ottawa Senators -130 (Loss)

-130

Apr 19, 2015

Washington Capitals vs. NY Islanders
Take: NY Islanders -135 (Win)

+100

Apr 18, 2015

Minnesota Wild vs. St Louis Blues
Take: Minnesota Wild +130 (Loss)

-100

Apr 17, 2015

Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks
Take: Total +5 un +122

Push

Apr 17, 2015

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens
Take: Total +5 over -113

Push

Apr 16, 2015

Minnesota Wild vs. St Louis Blues
Take: Minnesota Wild +125 (Win)

+125

Apr 16, 2015

Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Take: Detroit Red Wings +150 (Win)

+150

Apr 16, 2015

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. NY Rangers
Take: Total +5 un +105 (Win)

+105

Apr 15, 2015

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators
Take: Chicago Blackhawks +102 (Win)

+102

Apr 15, 2015

Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens
Take: Montreal Canadiens -135 (Win)

+100

Apr 15, 2015

NY Islanders vs. Washington Capitals
Take: NY Islanders +115 (Win)

+115

Isles/Panther Series Opener Betting Preview
The Islanders and Panthers open their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series on Thursday in Sunrise, Florida. The opening faceoff is slated for 8:05 PM ET. These NHL Eastern Conference foes have met three times this season and Florida won on two of those occasions. Since the onset of the 2013-2014 NHL campaign, these teams faced each other nine times, and those games went 7-1-1 over the total. Current NHL odds at Bookmaker display Florida as a -142 money line favorite for Game1, and the posted total is 5.0.

Tale of the Tape
Despite losing two of three games to Florida during regular season play, the Islanders held a substantial territorial edge in those contests, and that's evidenced by their cumulative 87-68 shots on goal advantage. According to my NHL special team efficiency ratings, the Islanders have a sizable edge over Florida. As a matter of fact, they're tied for second best of all eight Eastern Conference playoff teams pertaining to that specific category, and Florida ranks dead last. The Islanders have gone 7-2-1 over the total in its last ten games, and that includes 4-0-1 during their previous five outings.

Similar to the Islanders, Florida was involved in some high scoring games of late. They were 11-3-5 over the total in its final nineteen regular season games, and that includes 7-0-2 over during their last nine appearances at home. The Atlantic Division champions finished regular season action by going an impressive 7-2 in its previous nine, and 5-1 during their last six games.

Starting Goaltenders
Unless something unexpected occurs prior to game time, Roberto Luongo will be in goal for Florida this evening, and it will be Thomas Greiss for the Islanders.

Thomas Greiss made one start against Florida this season, and that took place on 3/14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He stopped 23 of 25 shots on goal during a 3-2 Islanders win. Greiss appeared in 41 regular season games this season, posted a stellar .925 save percentage, and was 23-15 during his 38 starts. He was 9-8 during 17 road starts, and those games went 8-6-3 over the total.

Roberto Luongo started all three games for Florida versus the Islanders this season. During those outings, Luongo compiled a stellar .932 save percentage. The veteran goaltender appeared in 64 games this season, including 62 starts, and posted a very good .922 save percentage. He went 21-12 during 33 home starts, and those games went 17-11-5 over the total.

Final Take and Pick
Florida has put together an outstanding regular season, but I'm not crazy about siding with them as a money line favorite during these playoffs. I really like the money line underdog betting value in this opening game of this series, and one of my Thursday NHL picks will be indicative of that prediction.

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NHL Pick: Islanders +135
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