Panthers vs. Rangers - 1/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (21-13-4) at Florida Panthers (21-12-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -113 / New York Rangers +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, FSFL
The New York Rangers and Florida Panthers play Saturday at the BB&T Center.
The New York Rangers could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 20.8 percent of their power plays. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with 16 goals, Derick Brassard has 15 assists and Rick Nash has 111 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 75 goals on 952 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 16 goals on 197 shots. Lundqvist has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
USA TODAY Sports
The Florida Panthers look to build on their impressive seven-game winning streak. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with 11 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 12 assists and Reilly Smith has 81 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 65 goals on 876 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 13 goals on 185 shots. Luongo has allowed four goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-8 in their last 9 road games. The Panthers are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 13-3 in their last 16 overall. The Rangers are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Florida and 16-5 in the last 21 meetings overall.
Are you really going to bet against the Panthers? Florida is the hottest team in the NHL right now and is a young talented team that's seriously thinking playoffs at this point. Hard not to back the Panthers here against an inconsistent Rangers squad.