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  • Event: (805) PANTHERS at (806) ISLANDERS
    Sport/League: NHL
    Date/Time: August 1, 2020 4PM EDT
    Play: 4% – PANTHERS to win series +100
    Play Rating: 4%
    Result: Loss

    Florida/ NYI

    This is going to be a great matchup and we are actually again a little amazed that the NYI are favored. Although I believe at most times this was a Pk series. All the money has came in on the Islanders this week and that sets us up for a nice contrarian play here. We actually had the Panthers 7 spots ahead of the Islanders in our NHL rankings and the Panthers have some advantages we like. The main advantage is that Florida can put the puck in the net and the Islanders have real trouble in that aspect of the game. We know defense wins championships but you have to have some offense and the Islanders are ranked 22nd out of the 24 teams that made this playoff format. We believe that will cost them in the end. We will be looking for a HUGE series from Panthers G Sergei Bobrovsky who signed a seven-year, $70 million contract and has played terrible during the season before the stoppage. The break will be just what he needed. All the money coming in on the NYI tells us that everyone sees that 3-0 head to head mark and believe that the Islanders are the play. We believe they might be getting more credit than they deserve. There is no doubt that the Islanders defense beat the Florida offense in the regular season but this is a completely different game and time now. The coaching is a wash. The Islanders’ Barry Trotz and the Panthers’ Joel Quenneville are probably two of the best in the game. The coach who has the better game plan wins this. Bottom line for us, anytime we can get a team that I had ranked higher at even money, I have to take it.

    So lets get the job done with the Florida Panthers to advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    Don Buster

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