Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will meet with the Florida Panthers in NHL action in Bb&t Center, Sunrise, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 8:00 PM (EDT). The Lightning ended the regular season with a record of 36-17-3, good for third place in the Central Division. The Lightning started the regular season with a two-game losing streak against the Florida Panthers but won game one of the playoffs five to four. This season, the Lightning had the NHL’s eighth-best offense, averaging 3.26 goals per game on 30.33 attempts. Brayden Point led Tampa Bay’s offense this year with 48 points and a team-high 23 goals.

Tampa Bay was strong on defense all season, ranking 7th in the league with 2.65 goals allowed on 28.4 shots per game. Tampa Bay is also fifth in the NHL in penalty kills, with a 16.04 percent success rate. The Lightning’s defense struggled recently, allowing 18 total goals in their last four games while losing three of them.

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning is 13-6 SU in their last 19 matches against Florida.

  • The total went OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 11 matches on the road against Florida.

  • Tampa Bay is 3-6 SU in their last 9 matches played in May.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Predictions 5/18/2021

The Panthers finished the regular season 37-14-5, winning 10 of their final 12 games, including six matches in a row.  an outstanding offensive team, ranking fourth in the NHL in goals scored with 3.39 per game and 34.81 shots per game. During the regular season, Jonathan Huberdeau led the Panthers’ offense with 61 points and 41 assists. Alexsander Barkov scored 26 goals for the team. Florida is 2nd at 37-14 in the NL Central.

In the regular season, Florida’s defense was not as strong as the offense, allowing 2.7 goals on 30.12 shots per game, ranking them 12th in the league. Through the last 12 games of the season, the Panthers’ defense allowed two .75 goals per game, which is higher than the season average, but the offense filled the gap, scoring 4.25 goals per game.

  • The total went OVER in 5 of Florida’s last 7 matches.

  • The total went OVER in 15 of Florida’s last 20 matches against Tampa Bay.

  • The Florida Panthers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 matches this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers. The NHL pick for this game is the Tampa Bay Lightning. The first game of the series was a shootout, in which Tampa won 5-4. Game two would most likely be a defensive fight, as neither side can keep up this pace if they want to reach the finals. Because of their much-improved defense this year, expect Tampa Bay to have a lot of success in this game. With a victory in this game, Tampa Bay takes complete control of the series and heads home with a two-game lead. The Tampa Bay Lightning will win to a predicted score of 3-1.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NHL Starting Time: 8:00 PM (EDT)

Location: Bb&t Center, Sunrise, USA

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

TV: CNBC

NHL Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -130

NHL Totals: 6

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