Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 22, 2024

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May 22, 2024 9:10 AM
The stage is set for an electrifying matchup as the Presidents' Trophy-winning New York Rangers, led by their high-powered offense, face off against the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at the iconic Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 8:00 PM. The Rangers, looking to capitalize on their regular-season success, aim to dominate the Panthers, who are seeking to build on their experience from last year's Stanley Cup Final appearance.
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Panthers vs Rangers statistics

Stat Panthers Rangers
Goals For per Game 3.23 3.39
Goals Against per Game 2.42 2.76
Shots per Game 33.7 31.5
Shots Against per Game 27.8 29.5
Power Play Goals 63 65
Power Play Goals Against 51 36
Short Handed Goals 8 8
Short Handed Goals Against 0 0
Penalty Minutes 1106 763
Power Play Percentage 23.5 26.4
Penalty Kill Percentage 82.5 84.5

New York Rangers recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/16/24 @ Carolina Hurricanes W 5-3
5/13/24 vs Carolina Hurricanes L 4-1
5/11/24 @ Carolina Hurricanes L 4-3
5/9/24 @ Carolina Hurricanes W 3-2 OT
5/7/24 vs Carolina Hurricanes W 4-3 2OT

Florida Panthers recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/17/24 @ Boston Bruins W 2-1
5/14/24 vs Boston Bruins L 2-1
5/12/24 @ Boston Bruins W 3-2
5/10/24 @ Boston Bruins W 6-2
5/8/24 vs Boston Bruins W 6-1

Panthers vs Rangers predictions

As the Florida Panthers gear up to face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final, all eyes will be on Sam Reinhart, the Panthers' leading scorer with 57 goals this season. I think Reinhart is going to come out strong in Game 1, looking to capitalize on the Rangers' defense, which has been known to be vulnerable at times. Alongside Reinhart, Matthew Tkachuk will be another key player to watch, with his impressive 62 assists this season. Although Tkachuk's injury status is still listed as day-to-day, I'm hoping he'll be back to his usual self, creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. If these two forwards can get going early, it could be a long night for the Rangers.

Meanwhile, the Rangers will be relying heavily on Artemi Panarin, their star left winger who's been on a tear this season with 49 goals and 71 assists. Panarin's been dealing with an injury, but if he's healthy, he's almost unstoppable. I expect him to be a game-changer in this series, especially on the power play, where he's so deadly. Additionally, the Rangers will need their goalie to be on top of his game, as the Panthers' offense can be explosive at times. If the Rangers can limit the Panthers' scoring chances and get some solid goaltending, they'll be in good shape.

So, who's going to come out on top in Game 1? Given the Rangers' strong regular season and home-ice advantage at Madison Square Garden, I think they'll take the opener. Panarin's presence and the Rangers' overall depth will be too much for the Panthers to handle. But it's going to be close – don't be surprised if this one goes to overtime. The Panthers have the firepower to keep up, but in the end, I see the Rangers taking it 4-3.

New York Rangers injuries

  • Chris Kreider (LW): Day-To-Day
  • Filip Chytil (C): Day-To-Day
  • Blake Wheeler (RW): Injured Reserve
  • Alex Wennberg (C): Day-To-Day
  • Erik Gustafsson (D): Day-To-Day

Florida Panthers injuries

  • Sam Bennett (C): Day-To-Day
  • Ryan Lomberg (LW): Day-To-Day
  • Aaron Ekblad (D): Day-To-Day
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D): Day-To-Day
  • Aleksander Barkov (C): Day-To-Day

Panthers vs Rangers game info

Venue Madison Square Garden
Location New York, NY
Puck drop Wed 8:00 PM

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