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Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game 5: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The 2024 NHL Eastern Conference Finals series has been tightly-contested as three of the four games have required overtime, and the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers are tied 2-2 heading into Game 5.

With Game 5 on the horizon, the series heads back to Madison Square Garden, and we’ve shared our best Panthers vs. Rangers predictions.

Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game 5 betting picks and predictions

New York Rangers ML (+100)

It’s not often that hockey fans get to enjoy three straight overtime games, but the series between the Rangers and Panthers has absolutely lived up to the hype. It was New York that snapped Florida’s 11-game postseason overtime win streak, but the Rangers lost the most recent meeting.

The Rangers had been undefeated in overtime in these playoffs prior to Tuesday night's loss, and we trust them to bounce back on home ice. They were fantastic there in the first two games of the series, even with the Game 1 loss.

In that loss, two of the three goals allowed were an own goal and an empty netter, and in New York's Game 2 win, Florida scored just once. Rangers' netminder Igor Shesterkin has also been in fantastic form at MSG.

That’s even with the Panthers firing away at will, as demonstrated by their ridiculous 108 shot attempts in Game 3. Regardless of Florida winning the shots on target battle 37-23, Shesterkin still led New York to victory in that contest.

It’s the power play unit of the Rangers that needs to step up, and with them netting a power play goal on Tuesday night, that looks to be improving.

Four straight overtime games would be unheard of, but with how close these teams seem to be, we wouldn’t be surprised to see another one. Regardless of whether or not this one requires extra hockey, we think this one ends in favor of New York.

Mika Zibanejad Anytime Goalscorer (+250)

As if getting plus-money odds on the Rangers inside Madison Square Garden wasn’t already great value, we have an even bigger play in Thursday night's Game 5. When it comes to the player prop markets, we’re going big with New York’s Mika Zibanejad to score a goal.

You can play it a bit safer and take his assists or points props, but we expect one of the league’s best shooters to find the back of the net.

He nearly had a goal on Tuesday night, and that’s an understatement. It wasn’t just a great shot - it was one that bounced off the post and several players even stopped skating thinking that it got by Sergei Bobrovsky.

It’s been a strange postseason for the long-haired Swede, as 11 of his 14 playoff points have actually been assists. However, that big of a discrepancy is not generally the case. After scoring 39 goals two seasons ago, he scored another 26 this year.

It’s also not as if he isn’t getting any chances. Zibanejad recorded six shots on goal in Game 4, so while the Panthers may have the edge in shot volume overall, Zibanejad takes a high percentage of the Rangers' shots. With that in mind, we’re expecting him to find the back of the net again in Game 5.

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Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game 5 odds

Florida Panthers

-120 ML

New York Rangers

+100 ML

Puck Line

FLA Panthers -1.5

Total Goals

O/U 5.5

Florida Panthers vs. New York Rangers Game 5 player props

Anytime Goalscorer

Sam Reinhart (FLA Panthers)

+175

Artemi Panarin (NY Rangers)

+175

Matthew Tkachuk (FLA Panthers)

+180

Carter Verhaeghe (FLA Panthers)

+200

Chris Kreider (NY Rangers)

+225

Vincent Trocheck (NY Rangers)

+250

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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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