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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Preview

Florida Panthers

Tampa Bay Lightning
24-34-7 March 13, 2014, 07:30 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 34-24-7

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Panthers arrive at Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday.

The Panthers will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 24-34-7 this season, while the Lightning are 34-24-7. Florida is 30-30-5 against the total, while Tampa Bay is 31-31-3 versus the number.View Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Lightning in this one, they were listed as moneyline Favorite of -186 on most hockey betting menus early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.

The Lightning - Panthers odds would favor the Lightning if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 20 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Florida is at No. 28.

The Panthers were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Coyotes. That made winners of bettors who got Phoenix at -113 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Tampa Bay lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Coyotes on March 10. Bettors who backed the Coyotes at +132 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 12-ranked offense (2.86 goals per game) against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.22 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 16.5% rate while the Panthers have a 75.37% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Panthers at Lightning trends to consider:
Florida is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Florida is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Florida's last 10 games on the road
Florida is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games at home

Next up:
Florida home to New Jersey, Friday, March 14th
Tampa Bay home to New Jersey, Saturday, March 15th