Rangers vs Panthers Prediction Game 2 NHL East Final 5/24

Rangers vs Panthers Prediction Game 2 NHL East Final 5/24

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Preview: New York Rangers vs. Florida Panthers - Game 2

The Eastern Conference Final continues on May 24, 2024, with the New York Rangers hosting the Florida Panthers for Game 2 at Madison Square Garden. The Panthers lead the series 1-0 after a dominant performance in Game 1. This article provides a detailed preview of the matchup, including team statistics, key players, and factors that could influence the outcome of the game.

 

New York Rangers

Preview

With a record of 55-23-4 and a stellar home record of 30-11-0, the New York Rangers are looking to bounce back from their Game 1 defeat. The Rangers have been strong throughout the season and will aim to leverage their home-ice advantage to even the series.

Team Overview

Artemi Panarin has been the driving force behind the Rangers' offense, supported by a solid defense and strong goaltending. Their ability to control the puck and create scoring opportunities will be crucial in this game.

Goaltender Comparison

Name Wins L OTL SO GA/G SV%
I. Shesterkin 36 17 2 4 2.58 .913
J. Quick 18 6 2 2 2.62 .911
L. Domingue 1 0 0 0 1.00 .962

Scoring Leaders

Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers with 120 points, including 49 goals and 71 assists.

Injury Report

  • Ryan Lindgren (D) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)
  • Chris Kreider (LW) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)
  • Filip Chytil (C) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)
  • Blake Wheeler (RW) - Injured Reserve (Estimated return: May 23)
  • Alex Wennberg (C) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)

Team Stats

Category Value
GF/G 3.39
GA/G 2.76
SF/G 31.5
SA/G 29.5

Recent Performances

The Rangers have had a mixed set of results in their last five games, with two wins and three losses, including a 3-0 loss to the Panthers in Game 1.

Florida Panthers

Preview

The Florida Panthers, with a record of 52-24-6 and an impressive away record of 26-11-4, come into Game 2 with momentum after a commanding 3-0 victory in Game 1. The Panthers have displayed excellent form throughout the playoffs and are looking to extend their series lead.

Team Overview

Led by Sam Reinhart and Matthew Tkachuk, the Panthers have one of the most balanced teams in the league. Their offensive prowess, combined with strong defensive play and stellar goaltending, makes them formidable opponents.

Goaltender Comparison

Name Wins L OTL SO GA/G SV%
S. Bobrovsky 36 17 4 6 2.37 .915
A. Stolarz 16 7 2 2 2.03 .925
M. Hellberg 1 0 0 0 2.50 .922

Scoring Leaders

Sam Reinhart leads the Panthers with 94 points, including 57 goals and 37 assists.

Injury Report

  • Sam Bennett (C) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)
  • Ryan Lomberg (LW) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)
  • Aaron Ekblad (D) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)
  • Aleksander Barkov (C) - Day-To-Day (Estimated return: May 23)

Team Stats

Category Value
GF/G 3.23
GA/G 2.42
SF/G 33.7
SA/G 27.8

Recent Performances

The Panthers have won four of their last five games, including an impressive 3-0 victory over the Rangers in Game 1.

Prediction

The Florida Panthers are poised to win Game 2 based on their recent form, depth, and balanced team play. The Panthers have demonstrated their ability to control games both offensively and defensively, highlighted by their shutout victory in Game 1. With key players such as Sam Reinhart and Matthew Tkachuk leading the charge, and strong goaltending from Sergei Bobrovsky, the Panthers have a well-rounded and formidable lineup. Additionally, the Rangers' recent struggles and injuries could hinder their performance, making it more challenging to counter the Panthers' depth and resilience.

Pick: Florida Panthers to win

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