This is a matchup of two teams playing much different styles but with impressive recent results.
Florida has points in its last five games with the Panthers scoring at least four goals in each of those contests. Florida is in the top 10 in the NHL with an average of 3.38 goals per game and second with 35.3 shots on goal per contest while the Rangers are seventh with an average of 32.9 shots per game.
The Rangers are 6-1-2 in their last nine games and have surrendered just seven goals over their last four games.
Forward Sam Bennett (upper body), defenseman Aaron Ekblad (upper body) and goalie Segei Bobrovsky (lower body) are all questionable for Florida. Wingers Anthony Duclair (Achilles), Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and Eric Staal (upper body) are out.
For the Rangers, winger Julien Gauthier (upper body) and defenseman Libor Hajek (stomach bug) are questionable.
According to the NHL playoff odds, The Kings (+3300) are 14th in the odds to win the Eastern Conference title while the Blackhawks (+100000) are well back.
Goalie Questions in South Florida
The Florida Panthers seemed to have one of the better goaltending tandems in the NHL with two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky joined by former first-round pick Spencer Knight.
Bobrovsky has been ruled out for a short stretch for the Panthers and Knight was sent to the AHL on a rehabilitation assignment.
The 30-year-old Alex Lyon, playing for his third franchise in the last three seasons, has stopped 52 of 57 shots in wins over Montreal and Minnesota.
Alex has gotten the Lyon’s share of references in his day pic.twitter.com/tcEb5sgaOQ
— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) January 22, 2023
Mack Guzda joined Lyon as a recent call-up for the AHL’s Checkers as the Panthers were without their top two goalies. However, the Panthers announced that Knight was being called up and Guzda was returning to the AHL.
The NHL betting lines total has gone over in each of the last seven times the Panthers played at Madison Square Garden.
Offense from the Defense
The Rangers have picked up points in seven of the nine games played in January, and the defensemen are playing a huge role.
Former Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox leads the Rangers with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and his defensive partner, K’Andre Miller, is right behind Fox with three goals and six assists. Both Fox and Miller have game-winning goals during that stretch.
Five different defensemen have at least one goal in January as blue-liners have eight goals and 21 assists in the month. Braden Schneider also has a game-winning goal for the Rangers as they have moved into playoff position.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone under in four of the Rangers’ last five games.
Panthers vs Rangers Game Injuries
Panthers vs Rangers Head-to-Head
The Rangers have won the last two games against the Panthers and that includes a 5-3 road win on Jan. 1 as Mika Zibanejad scored twice. The teams combined for three power-play goals.
There have been 38 goals in the last five games played in the series at Madison Square Garden.
Each of the last 14 games between the Rangers and Panthers have finished over the total.
The trio of Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider and Zibanejad combined for six goals and 11 assists in the three games against Florida last season.
Sam Reinhart had two goals for Florida in the three matchups with the Rangers last season.
Panthers vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Panthers (23-20-5) vs Rangers (25-14-7)
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
- Day/Time: Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. ET
- Panthers vs Rangers Live Stream: NHL.TV
Panthers vs Rangers Betting Lines
Panthers vs Rangers Picks & Prediction
The Rangers haven’t played since a 3-1 loss to the NHL-leading Boston Bruins on Thursday while the Panthers are coming off a 5-3 win over Minnesota as Reinhart and Anton Lundell each had a goal and an assist.
A total of 14 goals have been scored in Rangers’ last four games, with New York having just one goal in its last 14 power-play opportunities. The Panthers are nine of 22 with the man advantage during the same stretch. Matthew Tkachuk, Aleksander Barkov and Reinhart rank first, second and third in the NHL in power play points since Dec. 29.
Since Dec. 29, 2022, the top three league leaders in power-play points are all @flapanthers:
1. Matthew Tkachuk (6-5-11)
2. Aleksander Barkov (3-7-10)
3. Sam Reinhart (2-7-9) pic.twitter.com/ryOQ2FQAXQ
— Florida Panthers PR (@FlaPanthersPR) January 22, 2023
Florida is 11-14-2 on the road this season and has covered in only nine of those contests while the Rangers are just 8-16 against the spread at home this season.
The Rangers are 18-13-4 as the favorite with the Panthers just 3-7-1 when listed by the sportsbook as the underdog.
The Florida Panthers are listed at +115 in our Las Vegas odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Panthers, you have a chance to win $115. New York is -135, offering a chance to win $74 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the NHL betting lines gives the Florida Panthers a 46.51% chance to win, with the New York Rangers at 57.45%.