New York Rangers’ K’Andre Miller (79) and Florida Panthers’ Anthony Duclair (10) fights for control of the puck with during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, February 1st
The Rangers are 14-4-2 at Madison Square Garden this season
Read below for Panthers vs Rangers odds, predictions, and best NHL pick
Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference are set to faceoff in the Tuesday NHL odds. The New York Rangers (29-13-4) host the Florida Panthers (31-9-5) at Madison Square Garden on February 1st (7:00 PM EST). New York is listed as home underdogs in the Panthers vs Rangers odds. New York rarely loses at MSG and welcomes a Panthers team taking the ice for the second straight night.
Let’s take a look at the Panthers vs Rangers odds and offer you our NHL best bet prediction.
Panthers vs Rangers Odds
O 6.5 (-113)
February 1st, 2022
New York Rangers
U 6.5 (-108)
Odds as of January 31st at Barstool Sportsbook
The Panthers vs Rangers game total is set at 6.5, while the Rangers are available on the puckline at -205 odds. The Panthers have the second-best Stanley Cup odds at +700, while the Rangers crack the top-10 at +2200.
Rangers Home Underdogs in Tuesday NHL Odds
The Rangers are listed as rare home underdogs against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. New York is 14-4-2 at Madison Square Garden this season, including a 3-2 victory over Seattle on Sunday. Goalie Igor Shesterkin made 40 saves to bail his team out vs the Kraken.
Although New York’s home record is impressive, their last two showings at MSG haven’t been strong. New York was outshot 42-24 by Seattle on Sunday and lost 3-2 to Minnesota in their prior home contest. The Rangers couldn’t get a win on Henrik Lundqvist retirement night.
Tough ending. pic.twitter.com/NhXlatnZ0y
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 29, 2022
One of the reasons for New York’s recent drop-off in play is the absence of their top defenseman Adam Fox. The Norris Trophy contender has landed on the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. Offensively, the Rangers are currently without Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko.
The Rangers MVP this season has been Shesterkin, who owns a 21-5-2 record with a .937 save percentage. Chris Kreider leads the team in goals with 31, while Artemi Panarin is the Rangers’ leading pointscorer with 49 on the season.
Panthers Betting Analysis as Road Favorites
While Florida has the highest number of points in the NHL Eastern Conference, their play on the road could use improvement. The Panthers are only 8-6-5 away from FLA Live Arena in Sunrise. Florida was in action against the Blue Jackets in Ohio on Monday.
Florida’s success this season has been primarily due to offense. The Panthers are averaging over four goals per game, which is second-best in the NHL. Jonathan Huberdeau is emerging as a legit Hart Trophy candidate with 17 goals and 62 points through 45 contests.
Huberdeau on leading the NHL in points right now:
“I’ve got a few more games [played] than the other guys, but I never thought in my career that I could be with these guys: McDavid, Draisaitl, these kind of players. … Individual stuff is great, but it’s more about the team.” pic.twitter.com/HKX1nkL8Ko
— Jameson Olive (@JamesonCoop) January 31, 2022
Although the Panthers can light the lamp with ease, their defense remains a question mark. Florida is allowing 2.82 goals against per game, which is in line with league average. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is 22-4-3 with a .921 save percentage and 2.51 GAA.
Florida has been listed as the betting favorite in all but three games this season, so it’s isn’t surprising to see them favored on the road against a good New York squad. Their only notable injury heading into Tuesday’s game is Patric Hornqvist, who is on IR with an upper-body injury.
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Panthers vs Rangers Pick & Prediction
Can the Rangers get a win at home over this surging Panthers team without top defenseman Adam Fox? This will be the second meeting between the two teams this season after Florida won 4-3 on December 31st. New York took the first meeting 4-3 in November.
Rangers vs Panthers Recent Results
FLA 4 – NYR 3
NYR 4 – FLA 3
FLA 4 – NYR 3
NYR 5 – FLA 6 (SO)
FLA 4 – NYR 5 (SO)
This is the fourth game in six nights for Florida, so fatigue becomes a concern. The Panthers are just 1-5 in their last six games in this situation. The Rangers have been resting since Sunday and have just one loss at Madison Square Garden in their last seven home contests.
Sheskterkin’s Vezina-calibre season is the reason to play the Rangers as underdogs in the Tuesday NHL odds. The Russian has allowed three or fewer goals in seven straight contests and faces a Panthers team that is just 1-3-0 in back-to-back situations this season.
Pick: Rangers ML (+120) at Barstool Sportsbook