Planning on watching today’s Rangers and Panthers game? Catch the action at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL, as the Panthers hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 6 goals, with the Panthers being the favored team playing at home against the Rangers.

NEW YORK RANGERS VS FLORIDA PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Florida Panthers -1.5

This game will be played at FLA Live Arena at 7:00 ET on Friday, December 29th.

WHY BET THE FLORIDA PANTHERS:

  • The Panthers enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Panthers on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Rangers (+1.5)

Is a Road Win Possible for New York?

Coming into their game vs. Panthers, the Rangers have a 24-8-1 record. They hold a 12-4-0 record when playing at home, and they have gone 12-4-1 on the road. This record has them sitting 1st in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 1st in the Eastern conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, New York has a 16-17 record. On the road they are 10-7 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is6-10. On average, New York’s games have finished with 6.2 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.1. In total, the Rangers come in with an over/under record of 16-15-2.

New York has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

Offensively, the Rangers come into the game at 3.4 goals per contest placing 12th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 20th position in the league. This year, the Rangers have recorded a 18-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. For games with fewer shots on goal, they have 6-3 record.

New York’s leading goal scorer is Artemi Panarin. So far this season, he has 19 goals, placing him 7th in the NHL. Panarin also comes into the game with 27 assists.

Defensively, the Panthers are currently 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 26.9 shots per game against Florida. They also are 14th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Igor Shesterkin gets the start and has made 21 starts this season. His record at this point is 14-7, and his save percentage is 0.8787878787878788%.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Florida?

As they head into their game vs. the Rangers, the Panthers have a 20-12-2 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 10-5-0, and they have 10-7-2 mark on the road. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 2nd, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 3rd.

Regarding the puck line, Florida comes in with a 16-18 record. On the road against the puck line, they are 10-9, while their home record is 6-9. The average goal total for Florida’s games is sitting at 5.5. The average over/under line for the season is 6.4. The Panthers come in with an over/under record of 13-21-0.

Across their three previous home games, Florida has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.

Offensively, the Panthers come into the game at 2.9 goals per contest placing 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 3rd position in the league. So far this year, the Panthers are 14-11 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 4-1 in games with fewer shots on goal.

The leading scorer for Florida’s offense is Sam Reinhart. Coming into the game he has 21 goals, ranking 4th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 21 assists so far.

Defensively, the Panthers are currently 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 26.9 shots per game against Florida. They also are 14th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. New York, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has started 26 games in this season. His current record is 16-9, and his save percentage stands at 0.9191919191919192%.