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Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/1/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Lightning (18-7-1) at Florida Panthers (10-10-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers +115 / Tampa Bay Lightning -140 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
FSFL, SunS
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NHL | Tampa Bay Lightning (18-7-1) at Florida Panthers (10-10-4)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 26.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 18 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 25 assists and Steven Stamkos has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 30 goals on 412 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 42 goals on 414 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.

The Florida Panthers could use another victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 12 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 19 assists and Evgenii Dadonov has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 76.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 23 goals on 234 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 41 goals on 387 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last nine games.

The Lightning are 12-5 in their last 17 road games, 38-16 in their last 54 vs. Atlantic and 91-44 in their last 135 overall. The Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 25-11 in their last 36 home games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Lightning are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Florida and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in Lightning last 5 overall. The over is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 overall.

We're getting plus money with a Florida Panthers team that's played their best hockey by far this season on their home ice. And while the Tampa Bay Lightning have been good on the road and are a team you don't make a habit of betting against, the Panthers have forced overtime or a shootout in four of the last 10 meetings against them. These games have been close despite the Lightning getting the better of most of them. I'll take a shot with the Panthers and the plus money.

Pick:
Florida Panthers +115

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