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The Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers face off in the Eastern Conference Finals starting tonight. Which team will take Game 1? Matt McCuen provides his Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers prediction, pick against the spread, and latest odds for Game 1.
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Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Prediction, Pick Against the Spread, and Latest Odds for Game 1

The Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers will duel from the World's Most Famous Arena.

Madison Square Garden will be the site for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Let's look at how both of these teams got to this series.

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+

Panthers vs. Rangers GAME 1 Odds

  • Spread: Panthers -1 (+190), Rangers +1 (-199)
  • Total Odds: O/U 5.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline Odds: Panthers (-110), Rangers (+100)

Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game 1 Prediction

Florida, with an impressive regular season record of 52-24-6 and a total of 110 points, emerged as the champions of the Atlantic Division.

The Panthers opened the playoffs facing the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Florida stormed through the first round, overpowering the Lightning and clinching the series in just five games.

Following the series win, the Panthers had their first test of the playoffs against the Boston Bruins.

It was a gritty series that Florida won in six games.

New York was the best regular season team in hockey, with a record of 55-23-4.

That record earned them 114 points.

New York opened the playoffs, dominating the Washington Capitals with a series sweep.

Following the Caps series, the Rangers opened up a 3-0 series lead against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Canes stormed back to win Games 4 and 5, but the Rangers found a way to win game 6.

Matthew Tkachuk leads the team with 14 playoff points.

Ontario native Carter Verhaeghe leads the Panthers with six goals in the postseason.

Aleksander Barkov has added five goals and eight assists this season.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been great in the playoffs, with a GA/G of 2.37.

Vincent Trocheck has enjoyed an outstanding postseason, leading the team with 14 points.

Left winger Chris Kreider leads the Rangers with seven playoff goals.

Mika Zibanejad has added three goals and 11 assists.

Igor Shesterkin has been great in the playoffs, with a GA/G of 2.40.

Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game 1 Pick

The Rangers have been disrespected by linemakers all postseason.

This series will go six or seven games, and the home teams will control it.

The Rangers are one of the best teams in the NHL on their home ice.

We will take the value with the Rangers tonight!

Pick: New York Rangers ML +100 Click here to see which sportsbook has the best odds

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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