Hockey odds preview - Tampa Bay vs. Florida
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Odds
The Florida Panthers battle the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in NHL betting action at BB&T Center.
The Panthers currently sports a record of 4-6-3. The Lightning are 6-6-1. Betting totals have seen the Panthers post a 6-7 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Lightning have gone 9-3-1 against the number.
The Panthers were listed earlier today as +100 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including , while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.
The Panthers sit at No. 30 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Lightning sit at a No. 5 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida's No. 25-ranked offense (2.3 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 23 at 3.1 goals per game allowed. The Panthers powerplay has clicked at a 18.9% rate while the Lightning have a 81.1% rate on the penalty kill.
Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Capitals on February 14. Bettors who backed the Capitals at +130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
In their last action, Florida was a 1-0 loser at home against the Canadiens. Bettors on Montreal at -117 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7
Florida Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing NY Rangers are 5-5
After playing Montreal are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7
A few Lightning at Panthers trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Florida
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Florida
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Tampa Bay's last 17 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Florida's last 19 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games at home
Tampa Bay home to Toronto, Tuesday, February 19
Florida home to Toronto, Monday, February 18