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New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers Game 3: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The NHL Eastern Conference Finals shifts locations on Sunday as the Florida Panthers host the New York Rangers in Game 3, with the series tied at 1-1.

The Panthers made a statement by winning Game 1 3-0 at Madison Square Garden, but the Rangers bounced back in Game 2, securing a 2-1 overtime victory to even the series.

Game 3 promises to be thrilling as both teams vie for an advantage in this tightly contested series so far. The Rangers' experience and star power will clash with the Panthers' home-ice advantage and offensive depth, setting the stage for a captivating game.

Puck drop is at 4 PM ET on ABC at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida.

New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers Game 3 betting picks and predictions

Over 5.5 Total Goals (+110)

Both goalies, Igor Shesterkin for the Rangers and Sergei Bobrovsky for the Panthers, have been stellar up to this point. Shesterkin made 25 saves on 27 attempts in Game 1 and 26 saves on 27 attempts in Game 2. Bobrovsky was flawless in Game 1 with 24 saves and followed up with 28 saves on 30 attempts in Game 2.

Despite their strong performances, expect Game 3 to surpass five total goals.

The quick turnaround with only one night’s rest and travel involved can lead to defensive lapses. Stars like the Rangers' Artemi Panarin and the Panthers' Sam Reinhart, both top-five NHL scorers this season, are due for breakout performances.

Given that the three regular-season meetings between these teams all saw at least six goals, expect fireworks in Florida. Take the Over 5.5 Total Goals at +110.

Florida Panthers -1.5 (+165)

We see value in siding with the Panthers on the puck line at +165. The Panthers took two out of three regular-season games against the Rangers, before dominating Game 1 in this series and making the Rangers work hard for their Game 2 win.

With the Panthers aiming to avenge their Stanley Cup Finals loss from last year and being just a few wins away from another finals appearance, they will push hard to regain a significant advantage at home.

The Rangers need to tighten their defense and capitalize on power-play opportunities to shift the series in their favor. However, Florida's home-ice advantage and aggressive playstyle will challenge New York’s resolve.

The Panthers should be eager to perform in front of their home crowd, and we predict a two-goal victory for Florida, with a 4-2 score worth considering. Take the Panthers on the spread at +165

Artemi Panarin Anytime Goalscorer (+190)

Panarin is a rare find at +190 to score a goal, but that's the nature of playoff hockey. He has now gone five straight playoff games without scoring, matching his longest scoreless stretch from the regular season.

We anticipate the Panthers will come out strong, forcing the Rangers to play more aggressively.

Panarin, needing to step up, might score in garbage time if necessary. The Rangers can't win this series without Panarin contributing offensively. Take the value with Panarin as an anytime goalscorer at +190.

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New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers Game 3 odds

New York Rangers

+135 ML

Florida Panthers

-160 ML

Puck Line

FLA Panthers -1.5  

Total Goals

O/U 5.5

New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers Game 3 player props

Anytime Goalscorer

Sam Reinhart (FLA Panthers)

+160

Matthew Tkachuk (FLA Panthers)

+170

Carter Verhaeghe (FLA Panthers)

+180

Artemi Panarin (NY Rangers) 

+190

Chris Kreider (NY Rangers) 

+220

Vincent Trochek (NY Rangers)

+240

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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