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Florida Panthers vs NY Rangers Prediction 5-28-24 Picks

NY Rangers (65-26-4) vs. Florida Panthers (61-27-8)
May 28, 2024 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Florida Panthers -160 / NY Rangers +135; Over/Under: +5.5
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The New York Rangers and the Florida Panthers meet Tuesday in Game 4 Eastern Conference NHL Playoffs Conference Finals action from the Amerant Bank Arena. Here’s a Florida Panthers vs NY Rangers Prediction.

Game Three Recap: Rangers Surge Ahead

The New York Rangers stole home ice back in game three with the highest scoring game of the series so far, a 5-4 OT win over the Panthers to take a 2-1 series lead. Sam Reinhart opened the scoring for the Panthers just 2:50 into the game but Alexis Lafreniere and Barclay Goodrow tied and gave the Rangers the lead in a span of :25 just under five minutes later. Reinhart would tie the game at two for the Panthers with his second power play goal of the game. Lafreniere would push the Rangers in front with less than five minutes to go in the 2nd and Goodrow would add his second of the game short-handed just 2:51 later to give the Rangers a 4-2 lead going into the 3rd. Florida would tie the game at 4-4 with goals from Aleksander Barkov and Gustav Forsling just 1:54 apart and neither side would break the deadlock before the end of regulation. Alex Wennberg scored 5:35 into the extra frame to secure the win for the Rangers and to give New York the series lead. Igor Shesterkin got the win for the Rangers between the pipes after stopping 33 of 37 shots faced in the win while Sergei Bobrovsky took the loss after allowing 5 goals on 23 shots faced in defeat.

New York Rangers Team Preview

Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 120 points including team-highs of 49 goals and 71 assists while Chris Kreider has 75 points with 39 goals of his own. Vincent Trocheck has 77 points as well with 52 assists while Mika Zibanejad has 72 points with 46 assists this season. Igor Shesterkin has gone 36-17-2 with a 2.58 GAA and a .913 save percentage while Jonathan Quick is 18-6-2 with a 2.62 GAA and a .911 save percentage between the pipes for the Rangers this season.

Why the New York Rangers will win

  • The Rangers have won 14 of their last 15 games following an overtime win.
  • The Panthers have lost three of their last four games as home favorites.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in each of the Rangers’ last 10 games at Amerant Bank Arena.
  • The Panthers have failed to cover the puck line in 10 of their last 12 games as home favorites against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Rangers have won the second period in each of their last four games after coming off overtime.

Florida Panthers Player Stats

Sam Reinhart leads the Panthers in scoring with 94 points including a team-high 57 goals and 37 assists while Aleksander Barkov has 80 points with 23 goals and 57 assists. Carter Verhaeghe has 72 points with 34 goals and 38 assists while Matthew Tkachuk has 88 points with 62 assists of his own this season. Sergei Bobrovsky has posted a 36-17-4 mark with a 2.37 GAA and .915 save percentage in goal for Florida this season while Anthony Stolarz is 16-7-2 with a 2.03 GAA and a .925 save percentage this season.

Why the Florida Panthers will win

  • The Panthers have won five of their last six night games after coming off overtime.
  • The Rangers have lost three of their last four Game 4s of a playoff series.
  • The Panthers have covered the puck line in four of their last five night games after coming off overtime.
  • The Panthers have won the third period in six of their last seven games after coming off overtime.

Florida Panthers vs NY Rangers Prediction

I’m on the Rangers here. I came into this one thinking that this would be a best-of-3 series when we got through game four, but I also anticipated tighter lines than what we’ve seen up to this point in games three and now game four. It wouldn’t shock me if the Panthers tied the series at two with a win here, but this price is borderline disrespectful to what the Rangers have done to this point and I’m not laying a hefty price with Florida just because. The Rangers can match whatever the Panthers bring to the table and I think they do enough to get the win and head back home with a 3-1 series lead. Give me New York.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: NY Rangers +135

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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