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Panthers vs. Lightning - 4/4/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tampa Bay Lightning (47-24-8) at Florida Panthers (36-27-15)
Date & Time Saturday April 4, 2015, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers +114 / Tampa Bay Lightning -126 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
SUN, FSFL
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NHL | Tampa Bay Lightning (47-24-8) at Florida Panthers (36-27-15)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers play Saturday at the BB&T Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Lightning are averaging 3.2 goals and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have three power play goals in their last three games and have won eight straight when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 40 goals, Tyler Johnson has 41 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 185 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Ben Bishop has allowed 131 goals on 1,524 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 34 goals on 415 shots.

The Florida Panthers need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Panthers are averaging 2.4 goals and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have three power play goals in their last three games and have won five of their last six when scoring at least three goals. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 24 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 38 assists and Brad Boyes has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.6 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 132 goals on 1,685 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 47 goals on 420 shots.

The Lightning are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 15-6 in their last 21 vs. Atlantic. The Panthers are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 13-38 in their last 51 games following a win. The Lightning are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Florida and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings overall.

The Panthers are playing hard and winning, but it looks like their playoff hopes have been crushed. Still, the Panthers have had great recent success on their home ice. I'll take Florida at home given the value. 

Pick:
Florida Panthers +114

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