Lightning vs. Panthers - 3/24/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (33-25-14) at Tampa Bay Lightning (45-21-7)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:30 pm (St. Pete Times Forum)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -204 / Florida Panthers +183 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, SUN
The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning play Tuesday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Florida Panthers look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Panthers are averaging 2.3 goals and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last six when scoring at least three goals. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 24 goals, Brad Boyes has 22 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.6 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 120 goals on 1,549 shots faced and Dan Ellis has given up 13 goals on 166 shots.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have three power play goals in their last three games and have won six straight when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 40 goals, Tyler Johnson has 41 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Ben Bishop has allowed 120 goals on 1,429 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 28 goals on 343 shots.
The Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Lightning are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 37-14 in their last 51 home games. The Panthers are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Tampa Bay and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Panthers need this game to get closer to a playoff berth, and we've been riding them for much of the season. Given the insane plus money, I'm taking a shot with the more desprate team here.