The Rangers and Panthers will go head to head tonight for the first time this season. The Rangers have the best record in the league at 24-8-1 and the Panthers aren't far behind them at 20-12-2. This should be a good game tonight so let's get into our Rangers vs Panthers prediction and NHL Picks for 12/29/23.
New York Rangers:
The Rangers have been performing impressively on the road this season, with a record of 12-4-1, demonstrating their strength in both the power play (second in the league) and penalty killing. Their power play percentage is at a remarkable 30.2%, and they lead the league in penalty kill percentage at 90.9%.
Key players like Mika Zibanejad, who has points in eight straight games, and Artemi Panarin, with points in seven of his last eight games, have been in top form. Chris Kreider has also been significant, contributing to the Rangers' success.
The Rangers have shown resilience, earning comeback wins and performing well even when trailing in the third period.
The Panthers come into this game with a record of 20-12-2. They rank 12th in the league in terms of giveaways, indicating a need for better control of the puck.
Key players for the Panthers include Carter Verhaeghe, Matthew Tkachuk, and Aleksander Barkov, who are crucial for their offensive strength.
The game is expected to be closely contested. The Rangers' strong power play and penalty kill could be decisive factors against the Panthers.
The Panthers, on the other hand, will look to capitalize on their home-ice advantage. Their performance in controlling the puck and reducing giveaways will be key to challenging the Rangers.