Tampa Bay Lightning (9-1-1) at Florida Panthers (7-1-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers +135 / Tampa Bay Lightning -162 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers meet Thursday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to build on their solid six-game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with seven goals, Brayden Point has 10 assists and Victor Hedman has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 1.9 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 18 goals on 281 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up one goal on 24 shots.
The Florida Panthers look for a statement win to build on their 7-1-2 record. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 37 percent of their power play opportunities. Carter Verhaeghe leads Florida with six goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 10 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up four goals on 61 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up seven goals on 58 shots.
The Lightning are 69-32 in their last 101 road games and 53-19 in their last 72 overall. The Panthers are 0-7 in their last 7 Thursday games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The under is 5-0 in Lightning last 5 Thursday games. The under is 6-1 in Panthers last 7 overall. The Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 27-11 in the last 38 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be favorites for obvious reasons and they've done a good job of beating up on their instate rival in the past. However, the Florida Panthers have been one of the more impressive teams in the league up to this point, have lost just once in regulation through 10 games and have the offense to compete in this contest. If the Panthers are ever going to be taken seriously, it starts with winning games like this one. Big contest, statement game. Give me the plus money with the home team.