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Panthers Take Aim at 2-0 Series Lead Against Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers will meet again in the second game of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday. The Panthers took Game 1 at home after Tampa Bay made it close in the third period, and they’ll look to go up 2-0 before heading on the road for a pair of games.

Despite winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021, the Lightning made it into the playoffs by way of the Wild Card this season and they’ll have to down Atlantic Division winner Florida to get back there this time. However, with the Panthers hot at home, NHL odds have them favored in game two.

Panthers Take Aim at 2-0 Series Lead Against Lightning
Panthers Take Aim at 2-0 Series Lead Against Lightning


Lightning vs Panthers Game Information

  • Game: Lightning (45-29-8) vs Panthers (52-24-6)
  • Location: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise, FL
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Lightning vs Panthers Live Stream: NHL.com


Lightning vs Panthers Odds and Spreads


  • Panthers are 4-0 in their last 4 First-Round games.
  • Lightning are 0-4 in their last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
  • The Lightning are 1-5 in their last 6 First-Round games.
  • The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.




Panthers Riding a Wave

Florida entered the postseason fueled by momentum from a late-season win streak as it won its final four games and five of its last six.

Four of those final five wins came at home, and though the Panthers’ defense was key, their offense really stepped up as well. Florida averaged four goals in those last five wins, including 3.5 goals in its last four games at home.

Sam Reinhart led the Panthers this season with 94 points and 57 goals. He continued to produce at the end of the season with four goals in Florida’s final three games while scoring once in the series opener. With the Panthers owning a 26-13-2 home record, he and the rest of the team’s offense should continue to ride that momentum into game two.


Defensive Differences

Florida’s defense was also a crucial reason for its win streak in the final few games of the regular season, and it helped make the difference in the series opener.

The Panthers had one of the best defenses in the league this season, tying for first by giving up just 2.42 goals a game. Tampa Bay ranked in the bottom 10, allowing 3.26 goals a game, and both of those performances showed up down the stretch for each team.

Florida , which closed the regular season by holding teams to 1.4 goals in its last five games, limited Tampa Bay to two goals and 19 shots in the series opener. The Lightning, meanwhile, allowed 17 goals in their final five. Florida managed three goals against Tampa Bay, including two in the third period to take the win in game one.


Bet Panthers to Take 2-0 Lead at Home

After Florida made a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final a year ago, it’ll be looking to do the same this season, and it should be off to a good start with another win over Tampa on Tuesday.

The Lightning had one of the best offenses in the NHL in the regular season, but they stumbled at the end of the regular season and the Panthers’ top-ranked defense took advantage in game one. The Panthers have a good opportunity to pick up another win at home on Tuesday.

Take Florida as a favorite to get a 2-0 lead over the Lightning in the series before it heads out on the road.

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Questions Of The Day

What is the Panthers’ record at home?

Florida owns a 26-13-2 record at home this season.

What was the score of the first game?

Florida downed Tampa Bay 3-2 in the series opener.

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