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Rangers Are Best Bet To Claw Past Panthers

The calendar reads Dec. 29. This is a game, though, that could have ramifications for late May so pay attention when it comes to NHL bet predictions.

The NHL-best New York Rangers meet the reigning, defending Eastern Conference champion Florida Panthers Friday at Amerant Bank Arena, in what could be a preview of the Eastern Conference Final.

Rangers Are Best Bet To Claw Past Panthers
Rangers Are Best Bet To Claw Past Panthers

Both are among the league’s best defensive teams. Florida has yielded 88 goals, tied with Washington for fourth-fewest in the NHL. The Rangers rank fifth with 89 goals against. So both teams can prevent goals against.

Which presents a question: How to view this game through the prism of NHL odds and predictions?

Glad you asked.

Rangers vs Panthers Game Information

  • Game:Rangers (24-8-1) vs Panthers (20-12-2).
  • Location: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise, Florida
  • Day/Time: Friday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m. ET
  • Rangers vs Panthers Live Stream: NHL.TV 


The New York Rangers (24-8-1) are slight, +120 moneyline underdogs when they visit the Florida Panthers (20-12-2) on Friday, December 29, 2023, at Amerant Bank Arena. The game airs at 7:00 PM ET on MSG 2 and BSFL. The over/under is six in the matchup.

Rangers vs Panthers Odds and Spreads

  • Florida has won five-out-of-its-last-six games played on Fridays.
  • New York has won nine-out-of-its-last 10 games when its opponent allowed two or fewer goals in its previous game.
  • The Panthers have won four-of-their-last-five home games as a -110 to -150 favorite.
  • The Rangers have lost four-of-their-last-five games after scoring at least five games in their previous game.
  • New York has won their last four games against Eastern Conference competition.
  • The Rangers have won five straight road games against teams who have a winning percentage of at least .600.
  • The under is 7-1 in Florida”s last eight games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The under is 4-0 in Florida’s last four games against teams with a winning percentage of at least .600.


Over/Under Pick: Under 6 (Ev)

Even though the over-under is six, Florida is averaging 2.91 goals per game. Since it is unlikely they will score three goals against Igor Shesterkin, take the under.

Pick Against the Spread: Rangers +1½ (-190)

New York is +1½ against the -190 puck line. Considering it has the NHL’s fifth-best penalty kill at 86%, the Rangers are a solid bet here.

Moneyline Pick: Rangers ML (+125)

Even though the Rangers are underdogs, their NHL-best power play is converting at 31.1% which will be the difference in this game.

Carter Verhaeghe Over 3½ Shots on Goal (+114)

Florida center Carter Verhaeghe is averaging 3.55 shots per game. He is +112 to finish with more than 3.5 against the Rangers, which seems like a solid bet.

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Rangers vs Panthers Prediction:

The Rangers will beat the Panthers, 3-1.



Questions of the Day

Which team will have more penalties?

Florida is averaging 12:10 in penalty minutes per game, which is fourth-most in the NHL. Bet on the uber-aggressive Panthers to commit the first penalty of the game.

Which Rangers-Panthers prop bet has the best value for the first period?

New York’s 112 goals are tied for seventh-most in the NHL, so it is likely that the Rangers will score within the first 9½ minutes of the game.

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