Florida Panthers (27-12-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (28-12-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -147 / Florida Panthers +133 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Thursday night.
The Florida Panthers will look to build on a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars in their last matchup. Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers in scoring with 44 points including a team-high 18 goals and 26 assists while Jonathan Huberdeau has 43 points with a team-high 29 assists on the year. Patric Honrqvist has 28 points with 12 goals and 16 apples and MacKenzie Weegar and Keith Yandle have a combined 41 assists of their 47 combined points at the point for Florida this season. As a team, Florida is averaging 3.1 goals on 34 shots per game with a 22.1% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 30.5 shots with a 79.7% kill rate on the PK this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be out to bounce back from a humiliating 7-2 loss to Nashville last time out. Victor Hedman leads the Bolts in scoring with 38 points including a a team-high 31 assists while Brayden Point has 35 points with a team-high 17 goals and 18 assists. Ondrej Palat also has 35 points with 23 assists and Steven Stamkos has 34 points with 17 goals of his own along with a matching 17 assists. As a team, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.4 goals on 30.6 shots with a 24.8% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.4 goals on 28.4 shots against with an 82.4% kill rate on the PK this season.
Florida is 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road underdog and 7-3 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games. Tampa Bay is 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 72-31 in their last 103 overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a favorite. The favorite is 14-4 in the last 18 meetings between these two teams.
This is a rivalry game and it’s finally gotten to the point where the Panthers and Lightning are two of the league’s best at the same time. With that said, I think that we see another back and forth game between the two despite the solid goaltending on both sides. Florida cranks out the 2nd-most shots per game in the NHL and the Lightning are just offensive machines in their own right. Give me the over here.