Panthers vs. Lightning Pick
The Florida Panthers look to continue to stifle the Tampa Bay Lightning when the two meet up on the ice tonight at 5PM ET.
Florida is 26-13-5 on the season, 13-7-3 on the road and 21-14 with the under. Tampa Bay is 23-17-4 overall, 11-8-2 at home and 22-15 with the under. The Panthers have won both meetings with the Lightning this season, each by one goal. These two have hit the over in seven of their last 10 meetings.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Lightning are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -145 to win, while the Panthers are getting a money line of +130 to win. The over/under total for the game has been set at 5 goals.
Florida has gone under in 21 of 35 games. One of their issues has been a power play that has converted just two of its 33 chances over the last 10 games. Tampa Bay goes with goaltender Ben Bishop, who rested on Friday. He is 6-1-1 in eight games against Florida in his career. The Panthers are expected to go with net minder Roberto Luongo, who shut the Lightning out in November, 1-0. Florida is 6-1 with the under in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.
SUNDAY’S NHL FREE PICK: PANTHERS/LIGHTNING UNDER 5