NHL PREVIEW – Tonight, three consecutive losses for Florida? This hasn’t happened since 2022!

NHL PREVIEW – Tonight, three consecutive losses for Florida? This hasn’t happened since 2022!
NHL PREVIEW – Tonight, three consecutive losses for Florida? This hasn’t happened since 2022!

After winning Game 1 on the road, the Panthers suffered back-to-back overtime losses to the Rangers as both teams prepare to play Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight in Sunrise, Fla. . The Panthers are looking to avoid losing three straight games in a season since being swept by the Lightning in the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs – a streak that stretches to eight series in of three seasons.

  • The Panthers will rely on a trio of playoff-proven players to help them even their series with the Rangers: Matthew Tkachuk (5-13-18 in 14 matches), Carter Verhaeghe (8-8-16 in 14 games) and captain Alexander Barkov (6-9-15 in 14 matches). Since the start of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tkachuk (6), Verhaeghe (6) and Barkov (3) have combined to produce 15 of the Panthers’ 22 postseason game-winning goals during that span.
  • Verhaeghe (23) is the franchise’s all-time playoff scoring leader, while Barkov holds the playoff record for assists and points. Tkachuk, meanwhile, has recorded more points than any other Panthers skater over the past two seasons (16-26-42 in 34 games). Alone Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid Edmonton have produced more points during this period.
  • The Rangers will look to return to Madison Square Garden with a 3-1 series lead if they win Game 4 tonight. New York has secured a 2-1 series lead thanks to back-to-back overtime wins – they can become the first team to win three straight playoff games that have all required overtime since their current opponent, the Panthers, did it in 2023, from Game 5 of the Second Round to Game 2 of the Conference Finals. In total, there have been 10 instances where a team has won three straight playoff games that all required overtime – no team has pushed that series to four games.
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