Rangers vs. Panthers - 3/21/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (40-23-9) at New York Rangers (40-24-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -130 / Florida Panthers +118 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, MSG
The Florida Panthers and New York Rangers meet Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Florida Panthers look for consistency after splitting their last 16 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power plays. Jaromir Jagr leads Florida with 24 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 23 assists and Reilly Smith has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 128 goals on 1,614 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 38 goals on 503 shots. Luongo has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
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The New York Rangers could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 25 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 31 assists and J.T. Miller has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 135 goals on 1,721 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 38 goals on 450 shots. Lundqvist has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
The Panthers are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 19-7 in their last 26 vs. Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 14-5 in their last 19 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games. The Panthers are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings in New York and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Rangers have owned the Panthers over the years, which includes wins in eight of the last 10 meetings. While I think Florida is the better team, I'll side with the Rangers at home for the cheap price.