Panthers vs. Lightning Game 4 Prediction
One of the more entertaining matchups in the first round of the NHL playoffs has been the series between the Panthers and Lightning, which continues at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Will these two teams keep scoring at the rate they have been in this series?
051 Florida Panthers (+120) at 052 Tampa Bay Lightning (-140); o/u 6
12:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 22, 2021
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Florida Panthers DFS Spin
Sergei Bobrovsky will be in the crease on Saturday afternoon against Tampa Bay in Game 4. Bobrovsky stopped all nine shots he faced in relief on Thursday when he logged 25:56 of playing time after Chris Driedger was pulled. He helped the Panthers earn a 6-5 overtime win in Game 3 to cut Tampa Bay's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Bobrovsky has a 1-1 record with a 3.51 goals-against average and .898 save percentage this postseason. This will be his first start since Game 1 last Sunday.
Tampa Bay Lightning DFS Spin
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed six goals on 47 shots during Thursday's 6-5 OT loss to the Florida Panthers in Game 3. The Lightning were down 2-0 after the first period, but a five-goal second frame helped put them ahead by two goals heading into the final period. Vasilevskiy and the Lightning allowed back-to-back goals in the third to Patric Hornqvist and Gustav Forsling. Ryan Lomberg scored the winner for the Panthers in the extra frame. The 26-year-old has a 2-1 record with a 3.56 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage in the playoffs. The Bolts still have a 2-1 advantage in this best-of-seven series with Game 4 coming on Saturday.
Panthers vs. Lightning NHL Prediction
The over is 36-16-1 in the last 53 meetings between these two teams and is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings in Tampa. The over is also 10-3-2 in the Panthers’ last 15 games overall, is 15-4-3 in their last 22 games as an underdog and is 14-6-4 in their last 24 games versus an opponent with a winning record. On the other side, the over is 4-1 in the Lightning’s last five home games and is 4-1 in their last five games as a favorite.
NHL PREDICTION: PANTHERS/LIGHTNING OVER 6