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 Bovada, 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