New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 26, 2024

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May 26, 2024 9:10 AM
The stage is set for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final as the New York Rangers face off against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, May 26th at 3:00 PM at the Amerant Bank Arena. The series is knotted at 1-1, setting the stage for a crucial matchup that could give one team a significant advantage. Expect a high-intensity battle between two of the NHL's top teams as they fight for a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.
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New York Rangers
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Rangers vs Panthers statistics

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

Florida Panthers recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/24/24 @ New York Rangers L 2-1 OT
5/22/24 @ New York Rangers W 3-0
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

New York Rangers recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/24/24 vs Florida Panthers W 2-1 OT
5/22/24 vs Florida Panthers L 3-0
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

Rangers vs Panthers predictions

As we head into game 3, I'm expecting big things from Artemi Panarin, the Rangers' star left winger. Despite being listed as day-to-day with an injury, I think Panarin will still find a way to make an impact on the scoreboard. With 49 goals and 71 assists on the season, he's been the driving force behind the Rangers' offense all year. Look for him to continue that trend in this crucial matchup, potentially notching a goal and an assist.

On the other side of the ice, the Panthers will be relying on Sam Reinhart and Matthew Tkachuk to lead the charge. Reinhart's 57 goals on the season are a testament to his sniper-like ability, and I think he'll find the back of the net at least once in this game. Tkachuk, meanwhile, has been a setup mastermind all season, racking up 62 assists. I predict he'll add to that total in game 3, possibly setting up a Panthers goal or two.

So, with these predictions in mind, who's going to come out on top in game 3? I think the Panthers' high-powered offense will ultimately prove too much for the Rangers to handle. Despite the Rangers' strong regular season, I'm predicting a Panthers win in game 3, with the final score being something like 4-2 or 4-3 in favor of Florida. The current moneyline odds of FLA -160 seem about right to me, and I think the Panthers will justify that favorite status with a big win on the road.

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

New York Rangers injuries

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

Rangers vs Panthers game info

Venue Amerant Bank Arena
Location Sunrise, FL
Puck drop Sun 3:00 PM

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