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Rangers vs Panthers Odds, Predictions and Best NHL Pick for Wednesday, December 29th

George Nassios

by George Nassios in NHL Hockey

Dec 28, 2021 · 8:39 PM PST

Artemi Panarin awaiting faceoff
New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, in Denver. The Avalanche won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
  • The Florida Panthers host the New York Rangers on Wednesday, December 29th
  • This will be the first game action for both teams in at least 12 days
  • Read below for Rangers vs Panthers odds, predictions and best NHL pick

The New York Rangers and Florida Panthers make their return to the ice on Wednesday, December 29th after almost two weeks off due to the NHL temporarily suspending play and the Christmas break. Puck drop is scheduled for 7pm ET at FLA Live Arena.

Florida went into the break on a three game losing streak, but the Panthers are still listed as -155 homes favorites against the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Let’s take a look at the Rangers vs Panthers odds and offer you SBD’s NHL best pick for this game.

Rangers vs Panthers Odds

Game Time Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
7pm ET New York Rangers +1.5 (-186) O 6 (-108) +128
December 29th, 2021 Florida Panthers -1.5 (+150) U 6 (-113) -155

Odds as of December 28th at Barstool Sportsbook.

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Panthers Hoping to Snap Losing Skid

Florida started the season on fire and had lost only four of their first 26 games in regulation until a three game slide right before the NHL postponed play.

While their lineup right now is mostly unaffected by COVID-19, it is expected they’ll be without superstar forward Jonathan Huberdeau.

On the positive side, it does look like Aleksander Barkov, who has only played one game since November 16th, will be returning to action which is huge for the Panthers. Florida was 7-5 without him during that time.

Florida will also be happy to be playing on home ice where they sport the league’s best record at 14-3.

Rangers Return of Big Names Should Help Betting Odds

For the Rangers, it looks like Artemi Panarin should be back in the lineup. He missed their last game on December 17th after suffering a lower body injury.

This game should also features a duel between two of the leagues top goaltenders who are both contenders in the Vezina Trophy odds as Igor Shesterkin and Sergei Bobrovsky are expected to be between the pipes. Shesterkin leads the NHL in save percentage so far this season.

The teams have met once already this season, a 4-3 Rangers win back at the start of November.

Rangers vs Panthers Recent Results

Date Home-Away Moneyline Puck Line Over/Under
11/08/2021 NYR 4 – FLA 3 NYR NYR Over
11/16/2019 FLA 4 – NYR 3 FLA NYR Over
11/10/2019 NYR 5 – FLA 6 (SO) FLA NYR Over
12/08/2018 FLA 4 – NYR 5 (SO) NYR NYR Over
11/17/2018 NYR 4 – FLA 2 NYR NYR Over

Rangers vs Panthers Betting Trends

One of the more interesting stats you get when you take a look at previous matchups between these two squads is that they have hit the over in every single one of their last 10 meetings against each other! That’s right, 10 games straight of hitting the over against each other.

Even for the most defensive teams in the league, that’s a pretty wild statistic. It dates all the way back to March 17th, 2017 when the Panthers defeated the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout victory.

Rangers vs Panthers Prediction

After such lengthy breaks for both squads, it’s hard to dissect which team will come out better prepared once the puck drops between the Rangers and Panthers Wednesday night.

Florida seems like they were coming back down to Earth after their torrid start to the season as their Stanley Cup odds have taken a sharp turn for the worse from +650 to +800.

I have to admit, with two of the top goalies in the league expecting to both start, the under looked like one of the best bets to me in this one, but the past history of matchups between these two dictates otherwise.

It’s not often you see a statistic that really stuns you like the run of overs these teams have had when matched up against one another.

Add in the fact that there may be some sloppy play from both sides due to all the time off and lack of practice time and I think picking over six goals is the best bet in the NHL odds on Wednesday night between the Rangers and Panthers at Barstool Sportsbook.

Pick: Over 6 (-108)

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