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    Rangers vs. Panthers odds, 2023-24 NHL lines: Advanced computer model reveals hockey picks for Friday's Game 2 matchup

    The SportsLine Projection Model has a pick for Friday's NHL Eastern Conference Final Game 2 matchup between the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers
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    The New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference Final on Friday. Matthew Tkachuk and Carter Verhaeghe had two-point nights while Sam Bennett also found the back of the net as the Panthers took Game 1 at Madison Square Garden 3-0. Igor Shesterkin made 24 saves for the Rangers, who were narrowly outshot 27-24 but couldn't find the back of the net for the first time in these playoffs.

    Opening faceoff at Madison Square Garden is set for 8 p.m. ET. Florida is a -113 favorite (risk $113 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Rangers vs. Panthers odds from SportsLine consensus while New York is a -107 underdog. The over/under for total goals scored is 5.5 and Florida is a -1.5 (+230) favorite on the puck line. (See the latest lines for every game on our NHL odds page).

    Before making any Rangers vs. Panthers picks, you NEED to see the latest NHL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

    SportsLine's model simulates every NHL game 10,000 times, taking into account factors like current form, individual matchups, injuries and short- and long-term trends when making NHL picks. It entered the 2024 NHL playoffs on a 7-4 run on top-rated puck-line picks.   

    The model anticipated a big showing from the Panthers in Game 1 and that is exactly what we saw. Florida won 51.3% of faceoffs while also imposing their aggressive style on the Rangers and outhitting them 38-27. Ryan Lomberg, who has only played three games in these playoffs and has no points, led the Big Cats with seven hits. The mix of skill and physicality clearly frustrated the Rangers, who were forced into 12 giveaways while the Panthers only committed two.

    The model also knows that this Rangers team knows how to rebound from a loss. Game 1 was just the second time in the playoffs that New York has been held to fewer than two goals, and the constant giveaways surely didn't help. To make matters worse, the Rangers have the second-best power play in the conference finals (29.7%) but went 0-for-3 on the man advantage. Since the Panthers are one of the most penalized teams in the playoffs, Artemi Panarin and the Rangers power play will aim to take advantage in Game 2 and give Shesterkin some breathing room.

    Now, the model has set its sights on Rangers vs. Panthers. We can tell you it's leaning Over on the goal total, but it also says one side of the money line has ALL the value! You ABSOLUTELY need to see it before locking in any NHL picks of your own.

    So who wins Panthers vs. Rangers on Friday, and which side of the money line has ALL the value? ... Join SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Panthers vs. Rangers money line you should be all over, all from the model that has simulated this matchup 10,000 times!

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    SportsLine Staff

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