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NHL playoffs odds, prop, bets

There will be plenty of excitement at Madison Square Garden for Wednesday’s pick-up game between the Rangers and Panthers.

The Blueshirts are narrowly underdogs at -105 to win Game 1 at Caesars Sportsbook, while Florida is at -115.

Caesars vice president of trading Craig Macklowe told The Post on Tuesday that money is coming in on Florida in Game 1 because he is one of the few books that rates the Panthers as a small road favorite.

A big factor in this was goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky getting hot at the right time.

The Panthers’ goaltender hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of his past five games, posting an impressive .921 save percentage and 1.62 goals against average.

Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin, who hadn’t allowed three goals in 30 straight playoff games until struggling in the last three games against the Hurricanes, believes he can withstand challenges from opposing teams.

Figures in this series are determined by matching pipes.

NHL Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 Odds

pack line money line total
New York dollar -1.5 (+235)
FLA +1.5 (-295)
New York (-110)
FLA (-110)
5.5 or higher (-110)
Less than 5.5 (-110)
Odds from FanDuel

Predictions for Rangers vs. Panthers Game 1

(8 p.m. ET, ESPN)

If the goalie matchup ends up being a disaster, it will depend on how many penalties referees call in the series.

The Panthers were the second-most penalized team in the NHL during the regular season (5.06 per game), but referees swallowed more whistles in the playoffs.


The Rangers will need to show some toughness early against the Panthers. Getty Images

That number decreased in the playoffs, with the number of penalties per game dropping slightly to 4.64.

Rangers will need some penalty distribution, given that they rely on taking penalties, giving them chances and scoring.

DraftKings trading director Johnny Avello told the Post that the Rangers will likely be a +120 to +130 underdog in Game 3 in Sunrise, Fla., but that they will have pick-em status at home. He said he was in a similar situation.


Follow The Post’s coverage of the Rangers in the NHL playoffs


Despite the penalty, this game should be decided in the neutral zone, with the hard-hitting Panthers looking to impose their will on what many expect to be a long series.

Rather than pick a winner here, we’re targeting a key cog in the Panthers’ offense.

Matthew Tkachuk has only cleared 3.5 shots in his last 10 games against the Rangers.


Would you bet on the NHL?


Wednesday night, the betting spot is 3.5 strokes or less.

Pick: Matthew Tkachuk Under 3.5 Shots (-114, BetRivers)

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