Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/15/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/15/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (28-12-2) vs Florida Panthers (27-12-4)

Game Info: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -147 / Florida Panthers +133 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Thursday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.

The Florida Panthers look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Aleksander Barkov leads Florida with 18 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 29 assists and Patric Hornqvist has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Chris Driedger has given up 39 goals on 556 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 69 goals on 744 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 24.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 17 goals, Victor Hedman has 31 assists and Brayden Point has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 82.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 64 goals on 937 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 31 goals on 225 shots.

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The Panthers are 11-5 in their last 16 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Lightning are 37-14 in their last 51 home games and 72-31 in their last 103 overall. The under is 6-2-1 in Panthers last 9 overall. The over is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 overall. The Panthers are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Tampa Bay and 3-11 in the last 14 meetings. The home team is 17-7 in the last 24 meetings. The favorite is 14-4 in the last 18 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to be favorites most nights, especially at home, but they've been hit or miss these last couple of weeks and you can argue the Panthers have been the better, more consistent team this season anyway. The Florida Panthers have proven to be one of the better teams in the league this season and any time you can get them at plus money, you should probably take it. The value is too good to pass up with the Panthers here.

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Randy’s Pick Florida Panthers +133

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