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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 25: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins and is joined by Mika Zibanejad #93 (L) at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2022 in New York City. Photo by BRUCE BENNETT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP.

The Florida Panthers hope to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race when they pull into Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers on Monday. Read on for our best Panthers vs. Rangers pick based on top odds.

The Panthers will need to improve their road performance if they are going to get to the postseason. Florida ranks 25th with a .444 points percentage away from FLA Live Arena.

Nevertheless, a 4-0-1 record in the past five games has moved Florida to within three points of the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Rangers are more secure in their positioning, sitting in third place in the Metropolitan Division. Oddly enough, this comes despite the Blueshirts not exactly crushing it at Madison Square Garden. Their 11-9-4 home record ranks 18th in terms of points percentage.

Here is our best Panthers vs. Rangers NHL pick (odds via FanDuel Sportsbook; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

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Panthers vs. Rangers Game Info

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Panthers vs. Rangers Odds

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Panthers vs. Rangers Odds Analysis

The FanDuel moneyline opened with the Rangers as favorites, at -125, compared to Florida at +104. Now that the Panthers have confirmed that third-stringer Alex Lyon will start in net and 67% of the early consensus moneyline wagers are on the Rangers, the home side is now -152 while the Panthers are priced at +125.

The total opened at 6.5 with a decided lean towards the Over, priced at -124, while the Under was +102. With 55% of the action on the Under, the Over is now at -118, with the Under at -104 at FanDuel.

Panthers vs. Rangers Pick

Panthers-Rangers Over 6.5 (-118) 

With Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight injured, the Panthers will have Lyon starting in net for a second straight game.

Lyon is a 30-year-old journeyman who has started 18 NHL games across the past six seasons, posting a .896 save percentage in 26 total appearances. He is a good AHL goaltender who has a .911 save percentage in 48 games over the past two seasons, and he stopped 29 of 32 shots against Minnesota in Florida’s 5-3 win on Saturday.

While the market appears to consider Lyon a downgrade in goal for the Panthers, it’s not like goaltending has been a strength for Florida, which ranks 21st in the league with a .894 team save percentage.

Judging by the morning skate, it looks like the Rangers are going with backup Jaroslav Halak in net for this game. Halak has had three strong starts since the holiday break, stopping 73 of 78 shots, but his save percentage remains a pedestrian .901. He has allowed a dozen goals on 77 shots in three home starts.

The Panthers lead the league with 34.4 shots for per 60 minutes during five-on-five play, while Rangers rank 14th. Considering the goaltending matchup, those shots should turn into goals and push this game Over.

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Panthers-Rangers Best Odds

FanDuel (-118)

Over 6.5Over 6.5Over 6.5Over 6.5Over 6.5

Although the total is 6.5 across the top-rated sportsbooks, it has settled into nearly unanimous agreement at -120 for the Over. PointsBet is a tiny outlier at -121, but the rest of the top-rated sportsbooks have landed on the same price.

The goaltending matchup appears to be the biggest driver of this number, but unless a star is suddenly out of the lineup, there should not be anything else that has a dramatic effect on the total.

Panthers-Rangers pick made 1/23/2023 at 11:45 a.m. ET.

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