Florida Panthers (8-2-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (10-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -182 / Florida Panthers +150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from Amalie Arena on Monday night.
The Florida Panthers will look to rebound from a 6-1 beating at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning in their last matchup. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 15 points including a team-high 11 assists along with 4 goals while Aleksander Barkov has 12 points with 4 goals and 8 assists. Patric Hornqvist has 11 points with 6 goals and 5 helpers and Carter Verhaeghe has 10 points with a team-high 7 goals and 3 assists. Aaron Ekblad’s got 4 goals and 5 assists for his 9 points and Keith Yandle has 8 points with 6 assists and a pair of goals as well this season. Sergei Bobrovsky and Chris Driedger continue to split the goaltending work, with Bobrovsky going 5-2 with a 3.33 GAA in 7 starts while Driedger has 3 wins and a 1.97 GAA in 5 appearances this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to keep the momentum going after their win over the Panthers last time out. Brayden Point leads the Bolts in scoring with 16 points including 6 goals and 10 assists while Victor Hedman has 15 points with a team-high 12 assists and 3 goals. Steven Stamkos has 14 points with a team-high 7 goals and 7 assists while Ondrej Palat’s added 11 points with 6 goals and 5 assists. Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev each have 10 points with Cirelli logging 4 goals and 6 assists while Sergachev’s points have all come via assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy’s started almost all of Tampa Bay’s games so far this season, going 9-3 with a 1.92 GAA in 12 appearances this season.
Florida is 17-5 in their last 22 Monday games and 3-13 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog. Tampa Bay is 54-20 in their last 74 games overall and 38-15 in their last 53 games following a win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite. Florida is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 5-17 in the last 22 meetings between these two teams in Tampa Bay.
I get the case that could be made for either side and that’s why it’s a hard call to make here. However, what’s not a hard call is that I think there’s going to be a lot of goals here as there’s a lot of offensive potential on both sides on a game-to-game basis. I just think at worst we see 6 goals here in a 4-2 win so I’ll back the over in this spot.