Florida Panthers Vs. New York Rangers Odds, Picks, and Predictions (2/1/22)

Sam Reinhart had his fifth career hat trick to help the Florida Panthers defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday, 8-4 for their fourth consecutive win.  Mason Marchment scored two goals and dished out four assists for a career-high six points, in helping the Panthers claim the top spot in the NHL as the league heads into the All-Star break.   The Panthers are 32-9-5 with 69 points, first in the Atlantic Division.  The Panthers have won 12 games in January which is a team record.  Second-year defensemen K’Andre Miller scored with 34 seconds left in the third period and Igor Shesterkin made 40 saves, helping the Rangers beat the Seattle Kraken 3-2 on Sunday.   All-Star Mika Zibanejab had three points (one goal and two assists) for New York, who improved to 14-4-2 on home ice.  The Rangers are 29-13-4 with 62 points, second in the Metropolitan Division. 

Florida Panthers Vs. New York Rangers Betting Odds

The Panthers are 4-0 in their last four games vs. Metropolitan Division opponents.  Florida is 5-0 in their last five games vs. Eastern Conference foes.  Over is 8-1 in the Panthers last nine Tuesday games.  Florida is 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in New York.  The Panthers entered the season +2000 to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup, as we head to the All-Star break, they are +700 to win the championship.  The Rangers are 17-4 in their last 21 game vs. Eastern Conference opponents.  New York is 6-1-1 in its last eight home games. Under is 4-1 in the Rangers last five Tuesday games.  The home team is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between the Panthers and Rangers.  New York is currently +2200 to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994.

Florida Panthers Betting Odds

All-Star Jonathan Huberdeau leads the league in scoring with 63 points and leads the NHL in assists with 46.  The winger leads the Panthers with 14 multi-point games this season.  Huberdeau is averaging one assist per game and has 43 points in his last 25 games.  The third pick in the 2011 draft, he has scored 19 points on the power play and has scored two game winning goals this campaign.  Sam Reinhart is second on the team in scoring with 43 points (15 goals and 28 assists).  He has nine multi-assist games in 2021-22.  Reinhart has 19 points over his past 12 games (five goals and 14 assists). In his first season in Florida, he’s a +19 with 11 points on the power play (four goals and seven assists) and three game winning goals this year.  Aleksander Barkov has 38 points in 33 games this season; he’s tied for the team lead in goals with 21.   The 2020-21 Selke Trophy winner is a +17 and has scored six goals in his last seven games.  Rookie center Anton Lundell had a career-high five assists in the victory over the Blue Jackets on Monday; he’s the fifth Panthers rookie to record at least four points in a game.  He has 32 points, and his 22 assists are third among rookies this season.  Sam Bennett is tied for the team lead in goals with 21 and had 30 points overall in 36 games.   The veteran center leads the Panthers in game winning goals with six this season.  On the season, Bennett is a +20 and is averaging 17:31 of ice time per game.Defenseman Aaron Ekblad is third in the NHL in plus/minus at +30.  He leads the Panthers defensive group in points with 40 in 45 games (10 goals and 30 assists).  The number one pick in the 2014 draft has scored 14 points on the power play (two goals and 12 assists).  Ekblad is averaging 25:12 of ice time per game, with 48 blocked shots and 45 hits.  MacKenzie Weegar a +23, has played in 46 games and has 27 points in 2021-22 (four goals and 23 assists).  The sixth-year defenseman leads the team in blocked shots with 94 and is second on the club with 117 hits.  Radko Gudas leads the NHL in hits with 194.  He’s a +23, with 11 assists and is averaging 18:46 of ice time per game this season.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves in the victory over Columbus on Monday night.  On the season, he has 23 victories which is tied for second in the NHL.  Additionally, he has a .920 save percentage and a 2.56 GAA.

New York Rangers Betting Odds

New York’s success this season, starts in goal with Igor Shesterkin.  The Rangers netminder has won eight of his last nine starts.  He has allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of those starts.  On the season, he’s 21-5-2 with a .937 save percentage (second in the league) and a 2.10 GAA (third in the NHL).  Shesterkin is currently the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy at +250. 

Defending Norris Trophy winner, Adam Fox missed his second consecutive game on Sunday; he’s on injured reserve due to an upper body injury and reportedly will be out until mid-February.  He’s the league leader in points among defensemen this season with 47 (seven goals and 40 assists).  The second-year player is third on the team in blocked shots with 90 and he’s averaging 24:26 of ice time per game.  Fox is +425 to repeat as Norris Trophy winner.  Jacob Trouba has played well this season, leading the team in blocked shots with 105 and second on the club in hits with 129.  He’s a +8 and is averaging 22:36 of ice time per game for New York.  Trouba has 24 points on the season (eight goals and 16 assists).  Ryan Lindgren has played in 43 games and is second on the team in blocked shots with 92.  He’s a +9, registering 76 hits while averaging 20:28 of ice time per game. 

Chris Kreider is tied with Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl with 31 goals, overall, the Rangers winger has 44 points on the year.  The 10-year veteran leads the NHL in power play goals with 15 in 2021-22.  Kreider is also a +12 and has been physical as well delivering 90 hits in 2021-22. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in points this season with 49 (12 goals and 37 assists).  He has points in seven out of his last eight games, with two goals and 11 assists.  Mika Zibanejad is tied for second on the team in scoring with 47 points (17 goals and 30 assists).  Named to the All-Star team, but will not play due to personal reasons, he’s on a scoring surge with 12 goals and 14 assists in his last 18 games.  He has 10 power play goals (tied for third in the NHL) and 19 points overall on the power play this season.  Alexis Lafreniere, the number one pick in the 2020 draft scored his ninth goal in the win over the Kraken on Sunday.  The second-year player has 12 points this season and is averaging 13:32 of ice time per game.  He’s a player that more is expected of and hopefully he can pick up his play in the second half of the season.

Florida Panthers Vs. New York Rangers Picks & Prediction

Florida is scoring 4.1 goals per game, which is second in the league and taking 36.6 shots per game which is tops in the NHL.  Per NHL.com, the Panthers’ 75 goals in January are the most by any NHL team in a calendar month in the last 25 seasons.  Defensively Florida is allowing 2.8 goals per game, ranked 15th overall.  New York is scoring three goals per game, ranking them 16th in the NHL and attempting 28.3 shots per game, 30thoverall.  On the defensive side, the Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game which ranks fourth in the NHL.  New York has won six out of seven games at home and have earned a point in 16 of their 20 home games this season.  Florida is arguably playing the best hockey out of any team in the NHL.  I like the Panthers to go on the road and beat the Rangers; the teams with go over 6.5 combined goals.
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