The New York Rangers are heading into South Florida to take on the Panthers for the third time this season, and they have won the previous two meetings by a combined score of 11-5.
The Cats have lost two straight games, while the Rangers are rolling and have won five out of their last six. Both teams haven’t been scoring as much lately, but I have a feeling this will be an absolute barn burner.
Find out my best bet in our free NHL picks and predictions for Panthers vs. Rangers on March 25.
Rangers vs Panthers best odds
Rangers vs Panthers picks and predictions
The Panthers have been one of the better offensive teams in the league, as they're currently averaging 3.47 goals per game (fourth in the NHL). The Rangers are also a very talented offensive team as well, successfully putting the puck in the net 3.32 times per contest.
Despite only scoring four goals in their last two games, this Rangers group of forwards can explode any given night and are due to produce in Sunrise.
Florida isn’t necessarily a defensively-minded team, giving up 3.42 goals per game, so players like Mika Zibanejad, Patrick Kane, and Artemi Panarin should be able to take advantage of the Panthers' blue line. The Cats have also been playing in some pretty high-scoring games lately, as the Over has hit in six of their last seven games.
Expect a fun and high-scoring affair on Saturday.
My best bet: Over 6.5 (-135 at BetMGM)
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Rangers vs Panthers moneyline analysis
The Rangers have owned the Panthers lately, winning the last three straight meetings dating back to last season.
Zibanejad and Panarin have been especially on fire lately, as Zibanejad has tallied three goals and six assists in his last five games and Panarin has added four goals and four assists in that same span. Igor Shesterkin has been absolutely outstanding in his last four starts, boasting a 1.51 GAA and a .955 SV%.
Meanwhile, the Panthers have allowed twelve goals in their previous two contests and need to try and clean things up defensively. Recently, their goaltending has been struggling as starting netminder Sergei Bobrovsky owns a 3.51 GAA and a .876 SV% over his last four starts.
Shesterkin should help his team steal this one on the road.
Rangers vs Panthers Over/Under analysis
The Rangers have been riding the hot hand of Shesterkin, who seems to really have picked up his game lately. The Rangers have also been really sound on defense lately, but they are going to be tested today as the Panthers are leading the NHL in shots per game (39.6).
The Cats also happen to generate 15.63 high-danger chances per game, which leads the league. Both of these teams play a back-and-forth offensive style, and this game will feature a ton of exciting players on both sides.
I talked about Panarin and Zibanejad for the Rangers, but Matthew Tkachuk has been one of the hottest players in the NHL, registering five goals and five assists in his last five games. Aleksander Barkov has also added a goal and seven assists in that same span.
The big guns for both teams have been producing rapidly lately, and there should be no shortage of offense on display.
Rangers vs Panthers betting trend to know
The Over is 7-0 in the last seven meetings in Florida between these two teams. Find more NHL betting trends for Rangers vs. Panthers.
Rangers vs Panthers game info
|Location:||FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL|
|Date:||Saturday, March 25, 2023|
|Puck drop:||5:00 p.m. ET|
|TV:||Bally Sports Florida, MSG|