The New York Rangers (24-8-1) travel to face off against the Florida Panthers (20-12-2) on Friday, December 29th. This game will be played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
New York Rangers vs Florida Panthers
The New York Rangers Are Coming Off A Win
As they head into their game vs. the Panthers, the Rangers have a 24-8-1 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 12-4-0, and they have 12-4-1 mark on the road. They are currently positioned 1st in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 1st in the Eastern conference. This season, New York has managed to win 13 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing seven games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 16-17.
The Rangers recently hosted the Capitals and emerged victorious with a 5-1 win. On offense, the Rangers were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net three times in the second period and ended with two goals in the third. Of New York’s five goals, one came while in power play. They ended the game with 31 shots on goal and had 10 giveaways.
New York secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The teams surpassed the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals, with a combined total of 6 goals.
The Florida Panthers Are Coming Off A Win
Through 34 games, the Panthers have achieved an overall record of 20-12-2. When on the road, Florida holds a 10-7-2 record, while they are 10-5-0 when playing at home. This record has them sitting 2nd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 3rd in the Eastern conference. Florida has 12 wins by more than one goals and dropped 10 games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record is 16-18 this season.
Facing the Lightning in their last game, the Panthers won by a score of 3-2. Facing off against the Lightning’s defense, the Panthers offense scored in all three periods. For the game, the Florida offense took 31 shots on goal and scored one time while short handed.
Although Florida secured a straight-up win, they did not cover the puck line, as they were favored by -1.5. The game finished below the over/under line of 6.5 with a combined total of 5 goals.
New York Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Rangers are averaging 3.4 goals per game which is 12th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 20th in the league. The Rangers went 18-4 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-3.
The Rangers’ over/under record this season is 16-15-2. For the season, they have had 15 games that surpassed this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging6.2 goals per game.
Florida Offense Breakdown
In terms of their offensive performance, the Panthers are averaging 2.9 goals per game this season, putting them in the 25th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 3rd in the league. This season, the Panthers have a 14-11 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 4-1 record.
The Panthers’ over/under record this season is 13-21-0. For the season, they have had 18 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.5 goals per game.
New York Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.5 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 15th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Florida Team Defense
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.
Rangers vs Panthers Trends
- Through their last ten road games, New York has an puck line record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 6-4 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- In their last ten games at home, the Panthers have a straight up record of 6-4 while going 5-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.
- The last ten games that Florida was the underdog, they have an puck line mark of 7-3 while going 4-6 straight up.
- Over the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Rangers struggled vs the puck line going just 1-2. However, they still had a straight up mark of 2-1.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Rangers to defeat the Panthers while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +108, I’m placing a wager on the Rangers to win outright.
Our projections have the Rangers pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Rangers, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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