Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-3) will meet the Florida Panthers (37-14-5) in the playoffs at BB&T Center in Sunrise on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 7:30 PM ET.

Tampa Bay ended the regular season with a 36-17-3 standing and a 15-10-3 record on the road this season. The Lightning posted an average of 3.2 goals on 30.2 shot on goals per match with a 22.3% success rate on the power play (PP). The Tampa Bay Rays have given away an average of 2.6 goals on 28.3 shots on goal per outing with an 84.2% success rate on the penalty kill (PK) this year. Florida will face Tampa Bay in the playoffs with a 37-14-5 record and a home standing of 20-5-3 on the year. The Panthers recorded an average of 3.4 goals on 34.9 shots on goal per game with a success rate of 20.5% on the power play. The Florida Panthers allowed an average of 2.7 goals on 30 shots on goal at 79.8% on the penalty kills this year.

Brayden Point led Tampa Bay with a total of 548 points including a team-high 23 goals and 25 assists while Ondrej Palat chipped in 46 points with 15 goals and 31 assists this season. Victor Hedman contributed a total of 45 points with a team-high 36 assists while Yanni Gourde added 36 points with 17 goals and 19 helpers. Alex Killorn and Blake Coleman pitched in a double-digit goal and assists tallies on the year. The Lightning is 80-37 in its last 117 matches overall and 4-1 in its last 5 contests in the playoff as a favorite while the UNDER is 3-0-1 in its last 4 outings versus a team with a winning record.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Predictions 5/16/2021

Jonathan Huberdeau led Florida with a total of 61 points including 20 goals and a team-high 41 assists while Aleksander Barkov made 58 points with a team-high 26 goals and 32 assists. MacKenzie Weegar and Carter Verhaeghe posted 36 points apiece while Weegar notched 30 assists and Verhaeghe split between 18 goals and 18 assists. Patrick Hornqvist and Anthony Duclair chipped in 32 points each with double-digit goals and assists record this year. The Panthers are 6-0 in its last 6 contests overall and 20-8 in its last 28 matches at home while the OVER is 13-3-3 in its last 19 games as the underdog. The OVER is 44-20-1 in the last 65 encounters between these two teams.   

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers. The NHL Pick for this contest is Florida Panthers +105. The Lightning ranked 9th on the offense and 6th on defense while the Panthers ranked 5th on the offense and 9th on defense. Tampa Bay struggled with a three-game losing streak and won only six of their last 10 games played. On Florida’s side, the team won six successive matches while winning eight of their last 10 outings before entering the playoffs. The Panthers will dominate Game 1 with momentum and the advantage at home on Sunday. The prediction, Florida Panthers will win.     

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NHL Starting Time: 7:30 PM ET

Location: BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021


NHL Odds/Point Spread: Florida Panthers +105

NHL Totals: 5.5

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