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We have made it to the Conference Finals round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Can Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers take Conference Finals Game 1? JT Miller shares his Florida Panthers vs New York Rangers prediction for Game 1.
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Florida Panthers vs New York Rangers Prediction: Can Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers Take Conference Finals Game 1?

Back for the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and I am excited about this series, it’s like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. The Florida Panthers are set to do battle with the New York Rangers tonight behind enemy lines at Madison Square Garden in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals and I expect this series to be absolutely fantastic.

Panthers vs. Rangers GAME 1 DATE, TIME, AND WHERE TO WATCH

  • Date: May 22, 2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN, ESPN+

Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game 1 Prediction

The talent is deep, real deep. Igor Shesterkin and Sergei Bobrovsky are two of the best net minders in the world and will be ready to square off here in this one. I expect a few low scoring games and a few saves to be made that you wouldn’t expect anyone in the world to make but I don’t think it’s going to be a snoozer. You can debate who is better in net all you’d like, I think it’s a wash in my eyes.

What I am confident of however is that Florida has the edge everywhere else. They are so incredibly deep at the forward position it’s scary, that third line has guys that would be first or second liners on 20 other teams in the league. They also just really know how to play, all four lines have been rolling so far, they are nowhere near top heavy.

On the flip side, New York has loads of talent too but they have been underperforming a bit and really relying on the power play. They killed a bad Washington team in the first round but did play really well against Carolina. I don’t want to underestimate them too much, they are still a great squad but I believe there’s been some puck luck up to this point.

Round one was easy, Carolina tested them in round two but they played a lot of one goal games I think could have gone either way. I think Igor makes things hard and hockey is a sport where a team can surely go out there and earn it but with the way Florida is playing, I am riding with the Cats in Game 1.

Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game 1 Pick

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Born and raised in St. Louis, JT is a young gun in the industry but has already established himself as one of the sharpest. Some refer to him as the "King of the Ice" as a result of his dominance in the NHL, which has been his claim to fame. However, he also excels in other markets including the NFL, MLB, and NCAAF. You can follow JT on Twitter at @RickyBobbyBets.

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