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Can Zibanejad, Kreider, Panarin Find Net For Rangers In Game 5?

The New York Rangers need more of their key players to step forward to beat the NHL odds when they host the favored Florida Panthers for a critical Game 5 showdown in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals on Thursday.

Eight of New York’s nine goals in the series have come from three players with Barclay Goodrow and Alexis Lafreniere recording three apiece. Three of the Rangers’ top four scorers in the regular season have yet to post a goal in the series.

Can Zibanejad, Kreider, Panarin Find Net For Rangers In Game 5?
Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers - Dustin Satloff/Getty Images/AFP

Artemi Panarin (three assists), Mika Zibanejad, and Chris Kreider have been shut out by the Panthers and burned a lot of money at the BetUS sportsbook. Zibanejad might be the most likely to end the drought. He shares the team lead with 13 shots on net.

Florida has gotten goals from six players in the series as Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Reinhart lead the way with three each. Verhaeghe boasts seven points in his last five games and is a good bet to keep his run going after recording 18 shots in the series.

Much will depend on whether the Rangers find ways to slow the Panthers, who outshot them 77-46 over the last two games. New York goalie Igor Shesterkin (.923 save percentage in the series) can’t do it all, or can he?


Zibanejad Seeks Redemption

The Rangers gave up a power-play goal in overtime to lose Game 4 and it was Zibanejad’s turnover that caused a Blake Wheeler penalty to set it up.

It’s been a rough series for Zibanejad, even though he had six shots on goal in Game 4. His line with Kreider and Panarin have to contribute if the Rangers are to advance. That is, if coach Peter Laviolette does not split them up. Check late NHL news if you bet online.



Those three combined for 114 goals in the regular season, so it’s now or never for the productive players. When in doubt, go for the best odds with Zibanejad at +225 and Kreider at +200 in the Las Vegas odds to pot a goal.


Barkov Good Bet For Cats

Aleksander Barkov has arguably been the best player on the ice for the Panthers in the postseason. He has already topped his point total from last season’s playoff run with 17, but he does a little of everything.

While Matthew Tkachuk and Verhaeghe have lower odds to score a goal if you are NHL betting, Barkov has been all around the puck with nine shots the last two games. He is +225 to score a goal and +193 to post two points or more.


Sam Bennett cashed some bets for his backers last game and defenseman Gustav Forsling has been profitable with three goals, 10 points and a +10 rating in the playoffs. But who could be a surprise contributor for Florida in Game 5?

Vladimir Tarasenko (+350) and Evan Rodrigues (+400) have juicy odds to score their first of the series for Florida.



Trocheck Punishing Ex Mates

Vincent Trocheck continues to shine alongside Lafreniere for the Rangers, giving his former team fits.

Trocheck has five points in the last three games after scoring New York’s first power-play goal of the series in the first period of Game 4. The 30-year-old has a team-high eight goals and 19 points in the playoffs.


Despite his success, Trocheck is still a good bet. He is +200 to score a goal and +198 to record 2+ points.

Goodrow, the other big producer for the Rangers in the series, is +400 to score his seventh goal of the playoffs. He had four during the regular season.




Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.


Questions of the Day

Which New York defenseman has the most shots in the playoffs?

Adam Fox. The former Norris Trophy winner has 21 shots in the playoffs, but has yet to score a goal.

Which team has had the better power play in the series?

Florida. The Panthers are 5-for-15 and the Rangers only 1-for-11.


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