Florida Panthers (32-25-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (45-17-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -180 / Florida Panthers +162 — Over/Under: 5.5
FREE NHL FLORIDA PANTHERS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING PICK
The two divisional rivals faceoff for a Tuesday night matchup in the NHL. The Florida Panthers are looking for seven straight games while the Tampa Bay Lightning are looking for their third straight win.
The Florida Panthers have been storming lately as they have won 12 of their last 15 games. The Panthers are currently sitting in ninth in the Eastern conference with 70 points and one point from the final wild card spot. They are rolling into Tampa Bay after sweeping their six game home stand. In their last game they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Mar. 4. The Panthers have won eight of their last 10 games played. The Panthers are 13-16-3 in 32 games played on the road this season.
Aleksander Barkov currently leads the Panthers in points this season with 64 points (25 G, 39 A) in 62 games played this season. Roberto Luongo will be in net for this matchup. Luongo has been solid all season long for the Panthers. Luongo has started in 22 games while posting 12 wins, a 2.50 GAA, and a .930 save % behind the net this season. The Panthers are 20th in the league on the power play converting on 19.1% with the man advantage. The penalty kill is also 20th in the league killing off 79.3% of their penalties this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning remain atop of the Atlantic division with 94 points. The Lightning have won two games in a row and look for their third against the Florida Panthers. In their last game played the Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout 7-6 on Mar. 3. The Lightning have won seven of their last 10 games. The Lightning have been dominant at home this season. In 30 home games the Lightning are 22-6-2, which is one of the best home records in the league.
Nikita Kucherov leads the team in points this season with 85 points (33 G, 52 A) in 64 games played. Andrei Vasilevsky will be in net for this matchup. Vasilevsky has been solid all season long and is in serious discussion for the Vezina trophy from the success he has had this season. Vasilevsky has started in 53 games while posting 38 wins, a 2.41 GAA, and a .926 save % behind the net this season. The Lightning have been dominant with the power play this season as they are third in the league converting on 24.2% with the man advantage. The penalty kill has been a different story as they are 24th in the league killing off 77.6% of their penalties.
Florida is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Florida’s last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Florida is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Florida’s last 17 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Florida
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay’s last 9 games when playing Florida
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Florida
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Tampa Bay’s last 17 games when playing at home against Florida
FREE NHL PANTHERS VS LIGHTNING PREDICTION
This game will be exciting to watch as the Sunshine State rivalry is always a fun one when both teams are winning. The Florida Panthers will win this matchup because they are the hottest team in the NHL at the moment. This game should be a low scoring game as both goalies have been solid all season long. Special teams can be a factor in this matchup look for both teams to get their chances.