Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Panthers vs Lightning NHL Odds
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(0-0-0) Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (0-0-0)
Date: Saturday, October 6th, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Florida Panthers +168 / Tampa Bay Lightning -180
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 6.5
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The NHL season is underway and both teams will make their debut this Saturday night. Tampa Bay will be looking to build on their season last year, while the Panthers will look to improve on their record from last year to hopefully make a post-season appearance.
Florida finished last season with a record of 44-30-8. This accumulates to 96 points, but unfortunately for the Panthers it was not enough to give them a playoff berth.
Last year, Aleksander Barkov led the way for the Panthers with 78 points. He was third on team with 27 goals scored and led the team with 51 assists. The leading goal scorer was Vincent Trocheck, who scored 31 times. Both these guys will need to have similar contributions this season.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay finished first in their division last season with a record of 54-23-5. They accumulated 113 points, but fell to the eventual Stanley Cup winner, Washington Capitals in the conference finals. This series went to seven where the Capitals shut out the Lightning in games six and seven to advance to the finals. Tampa Bay will be looking to get back to the playoffs and make another run for the Stanley Cup Finals.
Nikita Kucherov was clearly the star for the Lightning last season. He led the team with 100 points, which included a team high 39 goals and a team high 61 assists. Steven Stamkos was also a huge contributor with 59 assists and 27 goals. Between these two guys alone, the Lightning can be a real threat to the Eastern Conference and should show their dominance when they open the season on Saturday night.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Home team is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
- Over is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Tampa Bay.
- TB are 37-16 in their last 53 home games.
Free Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Prediction:
Tampa Bay is still bitter towards how they exited the 2018 playoffs and will come out red hot and pick up a game one win in front of their home fans.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: OVER 6.5
NHL Free Score Prediction: Florida 3 – Tampa Bay 6
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