Florida Panthers (13-10-4) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (16-9-1)
December 10, 2022 4:30 pm EDT
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -145 / Florida Panthers +117; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Florida Panthers will be out to build on a 5-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in their last game. Matthew Tkachuk has a team-high 37 points with 13 goals and 24 assists while Brandon Montour has 22 points and Carter Verhaeghe has 24 points with Montour logging 17 assists while Verhaeghe has 15 goals of his own this season. Sam Bennett also has 22 points with 15 assists as well on the year. Sergei Bobrovsky has posted a 5-6-1 record with a 3.61 GAA and a .884 save percentage while Spencer Knight is 8-4-3 with a 2.64 GAA and a .919 save percentage in goal for Florida this season.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will hope to build on a 5-2 win over Nashville last time out. Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning with 38 points including a team-high 27 assists while Steven Stamkos has 32 points with a team-high 14 goals on the year. Brayden Point also has 27 points with 13 goals and 14 assists while Mikhail Sergachev has 24 points with 4 goals and 20 assists this season. Andrei Vasilevskiy is 10-8-1 with a 2.75 GAA and a .909 save percentage while Brian Elliott is 6-1 with a 3.39 GAA and an .895 save percentage so far between the pipes for Tampa Bay.
Florida is 4-9 in their last 13 road games and 2-9 in their last 11 games following a win while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Tampa Bay is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall and 40-17 in their last 57 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
I get the case to be made for either side here this being a rivalry game and both teams in need of a win to build some momentum. However, this matchup has usually been lower-scoring and the goaltending this time around has started to pick up after a bumpy start to the year. I think this one’s the first to 3 wins so give me the under here.