Islanders To Declaw The Panthers

Dana Lane

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 9:05 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 9:05 PM UTC

The Florida Panthers are moving towards a postseason birth but read why Championship Handicapper Dana Lane doesn't think that the Islanders will give them a warm welcome.

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That makes six out of eight winners for my readers as the San Jose Sharks did exactly what we wrote about yesterday, as they smothered the Oilers defensively to get us the 2-0 victory.  Tonight we head to Long Island to put out money down on the New York Islanders as they take on the hopeful Florida Panthers.

You have to figure if the Islanders have any pride that it will show through tonight.  It won't be easy as the Florida Panthers surely have this game circled on their calendar after the Islanders eliminated them from last year's Stanley Cup Final Playoffs.

However, I tend to think that dropping games to Arizona and Colorado is all the motivation the Islanders need to take out the Panthers.  If New York doesn't win tonight it would be a good idea to make a note that the Islanders lack guts. 

Before the bye week, the Islanders had won four of their last five games.

As far as the Panthers are concerned, I honestly have to say that they are playing better than I thought they might after firing Gerard Gallant a few weeks back but that doesn't mean they are playing better.  I just thought they would completely collapse.  I tend to back teams that I know may be able to give my investment a little push on the power play.  In the Panthers last three games, they have managed only one power play goals in 13 chances.


Lack of success with the extra man isn't a new problem for Tom Rowe's team as they've only found success 15% of the time ranking them 24th.  The problem is they don't seem close to getting better.

Usually, when a team makes a coaching change there is a period of time when the team is inspired, mostly because they know that player moves are next if the team doesn't get better, but this changed has only managed to inspire a 7-7-7 record worse than Gallant's 11-9-1. 

From a betting perspective, I like games with these in game dynamics. 

The Panthers are off a big shutout victory over the New Jersey Devils when Roberto Luongo moved into 5th on the all-time win list for a goaltender and the Islanders off of two shocking losses to the two worst teams in the league.  This sets up the perfect scenario to back New York.  Remember what makes sense will never cash tickets.

As always, find the best lines available at all SBR approved sportsbooks.

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