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Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 10/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning (1-0-0) at Florida Panthers (0-1-0)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers +110 / Tampa Bay Lightning -140 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, FSFL

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another victory after beating the Panthers in their season opener on Friday. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging five goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Ondrej Palat leads Tampa Bay with two goals, Brayden Point has two assists and Nikita Kucherov has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing three goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up three goals on 36 shots faced and Peter Budaj has allowed zero goals on zero shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to start 2-0 for what would be the third straight season.

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 10/7/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Panthers hope to get in the win column after coming up short in their season opener. The Florida Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Huberdeau leads Florida with one goal, Vincent Trocheck has one assist and Aleksander Barkov has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing five goals per game and are killing 33.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up four goals on 24 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed zero goals on zero shots. The Florida Panthers hope to avoid a 0-2 start for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

The Lightning are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference, 7-1 in their last 8 road games and 7-0 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The Panthers are 15-7 in their last 22 Saturday games, 2-7 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The Lightning are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Florida, home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida.

The home team has won eight of the last nine meetings between these two in-state rivals, and when you consider the Panthers held their own on the road last night, I'm not sure how you can expect anything different this time around. Florida actually had 11 more shots on goal and won 52 percent of its faceoffs, so they did a lot of things well in the losing effort. The Panthers just couldn't score on four power play chances. Look for a sharper performance this time and for the trend of the home team winning when these two teams meet to continue. 

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