Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/10/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (14-11-3) at Florida Panthers (15-9-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers -110 / Tampa Bay Lightning +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers meet Tuesday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 30 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 10 goals, Victor Hedman has 20 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 58 goals on 624 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 24 goals on 260 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Florida Panthers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 22.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brett Connolly leads Florida with 14 goals, Aleksander Barkov has 26 assists and Mike Hoffman has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 69 goals on 645 shots faced and Sam Montembeault has allowed 20 goals on 180 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed one or less goals in three of their last four games.
The Lightning are 24-11 in their last 35 Tuesday games, 69-32 in their last 101 games as a favorite and 75-36 in their last 111 overall. The Panthers are 6-2 in their last 8 home games, 9-19 in their last 28 vs. a team with a winning record and 4-10 in their last 14 Tuesday games. The over is 6-2 in Lightning last 8 overall. The under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 home games. The Lightning are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The favorite is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings. The home team is 18-6 in the last 24 meetings. The over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and 38-17 in the last 55 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have had the clear upper hand in this in-state rivalry, but they have yet to play to their potential, the defense has been shaky at best and they're on the end of a back to back. The Florida Panthers are coming off a strong weekend and Bobrovsky has put together his two best performances in a Florida jersey. I've said many times, if the Panthers can get their goaltending on track, they're a legit title contender. I'm riding with the Florida Panthers and the cheap price at home.