New York Rangers at Florida Panthers Odds - Free Pick 1/2/2016
One of the featured matchups on this Saturday's NHL slate sends the New York Rangers on the road to the Bank Atlantic Center to face the Florida Panthers. Game time is for this Eastern Conference tilt is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and it will be available on NHL Center Ice.
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The Rangers picked-up some ground on Washington in the Metro Division with a 5-2 victory against Tampa Bay as +122 road underdogs this past Wednesday. They finally got things working on both ends of the ice after struggling to a 2-6-1 record in their previous nine games. The total has now gone OVER in eight of their last nine games on a closing line of five in each contest with the other game ending as a PUSH. This win snapped an eight game losing streak on the road and you would have to go back to Nov. 21 to find the last time they won on the road. It just so happened to be a 5-4 victory against Florida as -136 favorites.
The hot hand for New York all season long has been Mats Zuccarello and his goal in the second period of Wednesday's win raised his team-high total to 16. He also leads the team in total points with another 15 assists. Recently, He scored the game-winner in overtime against Anaheim in a 3-2 victory on Dec. 22. The Rangers are ranked fourth in the NHL in scoring with an average of 2.9 goals a game, but they fall to 14th in goals-allowed (2.6). Henrik Lundqvist has been in goal for 31 of New York's first 38 games and he has a goals-against average of 2.49.
Florida raised its current winning streak to seven games with a 3-1 victory over Montreal this past Tuesday as a -148 home favorite. The total stayed UNDER the five-goal closing line and it has now stayed UNDER in four of its last five games. The Panthers' 8-2 record in their last 10 games as moved them to the top of the standings in the Atlantic Division with 46 points on a record of 21-12-4. The win against the Canadiens improved their mark at home this season to 11-6-2.
Defense has been the calling card for Florida all season long with a solid 2.2 GAA that is ranked third in the NHL. Veteran goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 29 of the 30 shots he faced in Tuesday's win and on the year he has a save percentage of .926 to go along with a GAA of 2.16. Another long-time NHL veteran in Jaromir Jagr continues to pace the Panthers' offense with 11 goals and 15 assists. The team is averaging 2.6 goals a game.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last six games following two day's rest and they are 17-7 in their last 24 games played on Saturday. The total has gone OVER in their last six road games.
The Panthers have won their last five home games and they are a perfect 6-0 in their last six conference games. The total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five games played at home.
Head-to-head in this matchup, New York holds a 16-5 edge in the last 21 meetings with a 4-0 record in its last four road games against Florida. The total has gone OVER in six of the last nine games.
New York Rangers at Florida Panthers Prediction
Often times when betting on hockey it pays to ride the hot hand until it starts to cool. I think the Panthers have at least one more win in them to keep this streak alive against a Rangers' team that has really struggled on the road as of late.