Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Lightning vs. Panthers NHL Odds
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(4-3) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers (4-2)
Date: Tuesday, May 17th
Time: 7:07 PM ET
Venue: BB&T Center
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Lightning +140 Panthers -155(Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Lightning +1.5 -130 / Panthers -1.5 +160
NHL Betting Total: O/U 7
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers face off on Tuesday in Game 1 of their second-round series at the BB&T Center. When these two teams faced off last in April it was the Lightning that won 8-4.
Tampa Bay Lightning
It took seven games in the first series, but the Tampa Bay Lightning were able to knock off the Toronto Maple Leafs. They went on the road in Game 7, and it was the defense that looked good, giving up only a run and that led to the victory.
Tampa Bay has scored 281 goals this season while their defense has given up 229 goals. The Lightning was eighth in the league in terms of goals per game while the defense is ranked 6th in the league.
Steven Stamkos has been the top player for Tampa Bay scoring 42 goals and adding another 64 assists for 106 points. Victor Hedman is also having a strong season scoring 20 goals and adding 65 assists.
On the other side of this matchup is the Florida Panthers who needed six games to beat the Washington Capitals in the first series. In the last game it took overtime, but they were able to win 4-3.
The Panthers have scored 338 goals while their defense has given up 236 goals. The offense is ranked 1st while their defense is ranked 11th. Jonathan Huberdeau has been the top player for the Panthers scoring 30 goals and adding 85 assists.
NHL Betting Trends:
Panthers are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Panthers are 11-2 in their last 13 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Lightning are 24-5 in their last 29 Conference Semifinals games.
Panthers are 48-11 in their last 59 home games.
Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win.
Free Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers NHL Prediction
The Panthers are the better team and they are more well rested coming into this game. I expect the Panthers defense to be strong in this game, and that is going to be the difference as Florida gets the job done. Back the Panthers on the money line.
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