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Odds Are Tkachuk, Verhaeghe Lead Panthers in Critical Game 4

The Florida Panthers will not have to change much on offense as the favorite in the NHL odds when they host the New York Rangers for a critical Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night.

The Panthers had 108 shot attempts to 43 for New York – 41-10 in the third period – and a 37-23 advantage in shots on goal before losing 5-4 in overtime on Sunday. Florida is likely to respond with a big effort down 2-1 in a series destined to go seven.

Odds Are Tkachuk, Verhaeghe Lead Panthers in Critical Game 4
Carter Verhaeghe #23 Of The Florida Panthers / Elsa / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Via Afp

Carter Verhaeghe recorded an amazing 20 shot attempts and seven of them made it to the net for the Panthers. The 28-year-old forward has two goals and three assists in the series and 16 points in 14 playoff games. Only Matthew Tkachuk (18) has more for Florida.

While Tkachuk and Verhaeghe are the best bets for the Panthers, Alexis Lafreniere continues to be a major factor for the Rangers at decent Las Vegas odds.


Go Koo Koo For Tkachuk

Keith Tkachuk scored over 1,000 points in his career, but his son Matthew is already starting to pass him in some categories.

The younger Tkachuk is working on his second strong postseason with five goals and 13 assists for the Panthers. The power forward is +165 to push his point total to at least 20 in his 15th game of this postseason if you bet online.

Verhaeghe has been ubiquitous in the series and owns one of the quickest and sneakiest releases in the league. In a game where Florida is likely to come at the Rangers in waves, Verhaeghe is a value bet at +160 to score and +191 to log 2+ points in Game 4.

Sam Bennett probably has the best value at +350 to record a goal. Bennett may get some more time in the top six after seeing minutes with Tkachuk in Game 3.



Lafreniere, Goodrow On Heaters

Barclay Goodrow is doing a lot of the things this postseason he did to help Tampa Bay win Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021. But the crafty New York center has added another element in 2024.

Goodrow had six goals in 81 playoff games through 2023. He has six in 13 contests during this playoff run – five in the last six outings. If you took a wild shot with him in this series at high odds, your income might be approaching Shohei Ohtani’s.

You can’t expect that to continue, but he is a juicy +600 to score his seventh goal of the playoffs on Tuesday. You might want to save your money for Lafreniere, though. The former No. 1 overall draft pick scored two highlight-reel goals in Game 3 and boasts six in the playoffs.

Lafreniere is +300 to score for the Rangers in Game 4 and another two-goal effort gets you +1500 odds at the sportsbook. He leads the team with 10 shots on goal in the series.


Reinhart Produces, Panarin’s Turn?

Florida’s Sam Reinhart stepped up after being blanked in three straight games to score twice in Game 3.

The Panthers’ sharpshooter had 57 goals in the regular season and has owned the lowest odds to pot a goal in the series – now at +120.

Meanwhile, New York’s ace Artemi Panarin has been quiet in the series with just one assist. The breadman has gone six games without a goal after registering four in the first seven games of the playoffs. He had a career-high 49 in the regular season.

Reinhart may be the safer call for your NHL betting, but Panarin has more value at +179 for one goal and +900 for 2+ tallies.



Questions of the Day

Who tops the Rangers in scoring during the playoffs?

Vincent Trocheck. The former Florida center leads a balanced offense with 18 points.

Who leads Florida in shots on goal in the postseason?

Sam Reinhart. The Panthers sniper has 58 shots to lead the way and seven turned into goals.

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