Home ice protection for the New York Islanders is HRWager’s NHL Projection for April 20th. Game Three saw New York overcame a pair of two goal deficits to win 4-3 in overtime. This is very disheartening for the Panthers as they soundly had the Islanders on the ropes. However, it was not enough to impress the oddsmakersas they made this matchup a virtual pickem for Wednesday night. Which way will HRWager favor for this 7PM start?
NHL Projection : Reilly Smith
Panthers coaching staff did not know much about him when they obtained him from Boston. They are taking notice now as he is shining in this series. All three of his games were the multi point variety. He leads the league in plus minus with a +7 for the Panthers. His performance has been consistent but as a whole, the Panthers are deviating from their form in the regular season. They got where they were at by finishing strong and protecting leads. This series has been a stark departure from that pattern and Florida is running out of time to correct course.
First off, attrition might have something to do with this. New York has a lot of young players and they can have the fresh legs to tackle three games in four days. Opposite end of the spectrum is 37 year old Luongo. The Panther netkeep said he was pretty well spent by the end of that stretch. Does he have the pep back in his first step and reactions? The pattern that needs improving is shots allowed. Luongo is getting shelled out there. Third most shots faced out of the sixteen playoff teams through three games. Islanders also have had more powerplays and cashed in on 33 percent of them. The Panthers are a tepid 1 for 9 in the man advantage situations.
A lot of energy to regain to come back to form on the road. Desperation has a jump start effect as being down 3-1 in the series is just about the death nail. With two days to rest, the defense has to not let so many shots through. Also increased effectiveness in the power play is needed. The judgment that the handicapper has to make is if the Islanders will grow up and learn how to slam the door at home. They escaped in Game Three but will carry the play more on the 20th. HRWagers NHL Projection is that the Islanders ML is the path to profit in this game. Good fortune and we will see you later today here at the HRW.