Florida Panthers vs Ny Rangers Picks and Predictions May 26th 2024

Florida Panthers vs NY Rangers Rangers NHL Sun, May 26, 15:00 pm.
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Panthers Look to Bounce Back in Crucial Game 3 vs. Rangers

The Florida Panthers aim to regain momentum as they face the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final on home ice.

The New York Rangers had a rough start in the Eastern Conference final, but they quickly turned things around in Game 2. On the flip side, the Florida Panthers, despite their disappointment from Friday’s loss in New York, are pretty happy with the series split and are looking forward to playing the next two games at home.

After Barclay Goodrow’s game-winning overtime goal evened the series for the Rangers, the action now shifts to Sunrise, Florida, for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.

Game 1 Recap: Panthers’ Strong Start

Florida kicked off the series with a commanding 3-0 victory in Game 1, showing off their solid defense and stellar goaltending. Sergei Bobrovsky’s shutout performance was a standout, giving the Panthers an early edge in the series.

Game 2 Recap: Rangers’ Dramatic Comeback

New York bounced back in Game 2 with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win. Goodrow’s decisive goal 14:01 into overtime showcased the Rangers’ resilience and their ability to perform under pressure. Vincent Trocheck opened the scoring for the Rangers, but the Panthers responded with Carter Verhaeghe’s power play goal, setting the stage for an intense finish.

“I think that’s what happens when you get the two best teams in the conference,” Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe said. “It’s going to be a battle. They’re playing hard defense, we’re playing hard defense. It’s a struggle to get chances.”

Panthers’ Perspective: Confidence and Home Advantage

Despite the loss, Florida coach Paul Maurice is content with his team’s performance. “I’m fine with tonight,” Maurice said. “You shouldn’t come in and beat the Presidents’ Trophy team twice in their own building. We got it to overtime, we had a good look a bunch of times and we couldn’t get it to go. Two really good goaltenders and it’s exciting. Lots of hits, lots of action.”

The Panthers’ defensive efforts and Bobrovsky’s stellar goaltending, with 52 saves over the first two games, have been crucial. Additionally, Florida has successfully killed all six of the Rangers’ power plays, keeping their penalty kill strong.

Rangers’ Strategic Adjustments and Key Performances

The Rangers’ Game 2 victory was marked by physical play and smart adjustments. Alexis Lafreniere’s big hit on Verhaeghe led to Trocheck’s early goal, setting a more aggressive tone. Goodrow’s game-winning goal came from a defensive zone faceoff win, puck control, and precision shooting.

New York coach Peter Laviolette’s decision to tweak the lineup by putting rookie Matt Rempe in place of Kaapo Kakko paid off. Laviolette might need to make further adjustments if Jimmy Vesey is sidelined due to an upper-body injury.

“I thought it was a pretty competitive game both ways,” Laviolette said. “I did like our game better and we end up getting a big overtime goal to move in. You definitely feel a lot better going down to Florida, 1-1, than 0-2, and so it was a big win for us.”

Looking Ahead: Game 3 Expectations

As the series heads to Florida, both teams are gearing up for a fierce battle. The Panthers will leverage their home-ice advantage to reclaim the lead, while the Rangers aim to build on their momentum from Game 2.

“Obviously, tonight was a huge game for us,” Goodrow said after scoring his fourth goal of the postseason. “We weren’t completely satisfied with the way we played in Game 1. I think we wanted to rebound tonight with a better game, and I think we feel a lot better with how we looked tonight.”


The Panthers and Rangers are set for an exciting Game 3, with both teams showcasing strong defense, strategic gameplay, and resilience. Florida’s home-ice advantage and New York’s recent adjustments promise a tightly contested matchup as the series continues.

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