In their second head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers take the ice at Madison Square Garden for an Eastern Conference matchup. This one gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 28 and it’s being televised live on TVA Sports.
Florida Panthers at New York Rangers Odds
The Rangers are 13-11 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 0.1 units this season. That early-season winning percentage is fairly close to what the team posted during the 2016-17 season (48-34). Of its 24 games this season, 14 have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and just one has pushed. The teams 10-6 SU at home this season.
New York’s converted on 22.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, NY has been penalized just 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 3.0 per game over its last five home outings. The teams had to kill penalties for just 7.3 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, in total.
Sporting a .918 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, Henrik Lundqvist (12-9-2) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Rangers this year. If head coach Alain Vigneault decides to rest him, however, the Broadway Blueshirts could turn to Ondrej Pavelec (1-4-4 record, .886 save percentage, 3.69 goals against average).
The Broadway Blueshirts will continue looking for offensive production out of Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello. Zibanejad (22 points) has tallied 11 goals and 11 assists and has recorded multiple points in five different games this year. Zuccarello has four goals and 15 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 12 contests.
Over on the other bench, Florida is 9-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of 12 of its contests have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and none have pushed. Florida’s 4-8 SU as an away team this season.
Florida has converted on just 15.0 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 29th overall and it’s successfully killed off 74.7 percent of all opponent power plays.
Florida’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five contests. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 8.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Roberto Luongo (33.3 saves per game) has been the main option in goal for Florida. Luongo owns a 6-7-1 record, and has registered a .927 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average this year.
Vincent Trocheck (10 goals, 13 assists) and Jonathan Huberdeau (seven goals, 15 assists) are the top offensive options for Florida and will pace the offensive attack for the visiting Panthers.
Florida Panthers at New York Rangers Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Over
- Power plays and penalty kills could play a key role in this game. The Panthers are 3-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 4-8 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Rangers are 6-4 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 8-5 in games where total penalty minutes are in the single digits.
- New York is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Florida is 2-1 in shootouts.
- New York has averaged 11.0 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a slight drop from its season average of 10.4 takeaways per game (ranked 5th).
- Florida skaters have forced 10.4 takeaways per game over its last five road games, an improvement over its season average of 8.4 takeaways per game (ranked 10th overall).