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Bet Panthers To Finish Season Sweep Of Lightning

The Florida Panthers are the current favorite to win the Stanley Cup as they prepare to play host to Sunshine State rival Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

The Panthers – +700 in the Las Vegas odds to win the Cup – have won 8 of their last 10, but suffered a 4-0 loss at Carolina on Thursday night. Florida has not lost two in a row since mid-January when it had an 0-2-2 stretch.

Bet Panthers To Finish Season Sweep Of Lightning
Bet Panthers To Finish Season Sweep Of Lightning

The league-leading Panthers (94 points) have won four in a row over their rivals to the North, including two at Tampa Bay this season. Florida embarrassed the Lighting 9-2 on Feb. 17 and edged them 3-2 on Dec. 27.

Tampa Bay has been rejuvenated with the additions of forward Anthony Duclair and defenseman Matt Dumba at the trade deadline last week. The Lightning beat Philadelphia 7-0 last Saturday and rallied to beat the New York Rangers 6-3 on Thursday.

That was at home, though, where Tampa Bay is 21-9-4. The Lightning are 14-16-2 on the road while the Panthers are 21-9-2 at home if you bet online.


Lightning vs Panthers Game Information

  • Game: Lightning (35-25-6) vs Panthers (45-18-4)
  • Location: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise, Fla.
  • Day/Time: Saturday, March 16, 6 p.m. ET
  • Lightning vs Panthers Live Stream: NHL.com


The Panthers are the favorite in the NHL lines as they try to continue their mastery of the visiting Lightning on Saturday. The under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings and the number was set at 6 at the sportsbook for this matchup. Florida won the last battle in Sunrise, but Tampa Bay took a 3-2 overtime decision at Averant Bank Arena early last season.

Lightning vs Panthers Spreads and Odds

  • Over bettors are 4-0 in the last four Lightning games and 32-31-3 on the season.
  • Florida has only covered the first-period puck line in 43 of its last 103 contests.
  • Tampa Bay center Brayden Point has recorded 11 goals in his last 12 games after posting a hat trick on Thursday.
  • The over is 3-2-1 in the last six Panthers games, but just 24-41-2 this season.
  • The Lightning have only hit the third period game total under in 24 of their last 86 games.
  • Florida forward Sam Reinhart registered seven of his team-best 46 goals in the last nine games.
  • Tampa Bay is 4-for-6 on the power play the last two games and 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in the past four.
  • Panthers forward Carter Verhaeghe has 30 goals, but none in his last 12 games.

Lightning vs Panthers Over/Under Pick: Over 6 (-120)

There’s too much talent on the ice for the under trend to continue. Each team has four 60-point scorers.

Lightning vs Panthers Pick ATS: Lightning +1½ (-165)

Tampa Bay has been a different team the last two games and may just find a way in Sunrise. Expect a one-goal game, regardless.

Lightning vs Panthers Moneyline Pick: Panthers (-170)

The Lightning could be a decent value pick (+150) to win outright, but Florida has found the formula in the Sunshine State showdown lately. This might be an overtime win for the Panthers.

Lightning vs Panthers Player Prop: Steven Stamkos Anytime Goal (+225)

The Lightning captain snapped a goal drought Thursday and usually scores in bunches. His 39 goals versus Florida are the most against any team. That’s also good value for a player with 540 career goals.

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Lightning vs Panthers Prediction

Panthers 4, Lightning 3: Point and Nikita Kucherov (112 points) registered four goals and seven assists combined in the last 40 minutes on Thursday, so expect them to get on the scoresheet again. The Lightning couldn’t stop the Panthers in the last meeting and will have to find the answers.



Questions of the Day

Which team is most likely to have the most shots on goal?

Florida. The Panthers lead the league at 33.7 shots per game (34.6 at home) while the Bolts are at 29.3 (22nd).

Will Victor Hedman log a point for the Lightning?

Yes. The defenseman has seven in his last five games and 66 in 64 contests on the season.

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