Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 7/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 7/29/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Florida Panthers +145 / Tampa Bay Lightning -165 -- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers meet Wednesday in NHL exhibition action.

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the NHL break losing seven of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 33 goals, Steven Stamkos has 37 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 133 goals on 1,605 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 52 goals on 551 shots.

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The Florida Panthers entered the NHL break losing six of their last nine games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 29 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 55 assists and Evgenii Dadonov has 167 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 151 goals on 1,505 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 39 goals on 356 shots.

The Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 27-11 in the last 38 meetings. The home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings. The favorite is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings. The over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Florida and 39-18 in the last 57 meetings.

This should be a fun scrimmage between two teams very familiar with one another, and it's going to be interesting to see if the Tampa Bay Lightning can get back on track after some hiccups the last time we saw them take the ice. As for a pick, I'm siding toward the over in this contest. Six of the last seven meetings between the Lightning and Panthers have produced at least seven goals. It's absolute fireworks whenever these teams play and we should expect no different in the first game like setting these teams have played in months.

Give me the over the projected total.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.