Florida Panthers (29-26-6) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (37-18-4)
February 28, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -152 / Florida Panthers +123; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Florida Panthers Betting Preview
The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Carter Verhaeghe leads Florida with 31 goals, Matthew Tkachuk has 50 assists and Brandon Montour has 176 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 74.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 110 goals on 1,129 shots faced, and Spencer Knight has allowed 62 goals on 627 shots.
The Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Preview
The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 25.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 36 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 62 assists and Steven Stamkos has 197 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 112 goals on 1,376 shots faced, and Brian Elliott has allowed 48 goals on 464 shots.
Panthers vs Lightning Trends
The Panthers are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic and 4-10 in their last 14 Tuesday games. The Lightning are 53-19 in their last 72 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games. The over is 12-3-1 in Panthers last 16 overall. The over is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 overall. The Panthers are 19-39-2 in the last 60 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 26-12 in the last 38 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be favored at home more times than not, and the line is accurate. However, the Florida Panthers have played their best hockey over the last few weeks, and they have value as an underdog when playing to their potential. Past meetings don’t help the Panthers here, but you have to like what you’re seeing lately. Give me the road dog.