Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning 5/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning 5/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Florida Panthers will meet with the Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL action in Amalie Arena, Tampa, on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 6:30 PM (EDT). Florida must win their next game to reclaim control of the series, or the series will be over early. The Florida Panthers had an outstanding defense this season, permitting only 2.7 goals per game, with MacKenzie Weegar leading the team with 4.4 defensive score shares. Unfortunately, the Panthers’ defense’s inherent problems were highlighted in the first game, as the squad surrendered five goals and a lot of open ice and open shots. Florida is 2nd at 37-14 in the Central Division.

While the team’s defense faltered, the attack shone in the first game, scoring four goals, was a reminder of their formidable offensive which scores 3.3 goals per game on average, but then fell flat in the second game, scoring just once. Alexsander Barkov, who scored in the opening game and leads the squad with 26 goals in the regular season, is expected to play a key role in the attacking surge.

  • The Florida Panthers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 matches.

  • The Florida Panthers are 6-14 SU in their last 20 matches against Tampa Bay.

  • The Florida Panthers are 10-4 SU in their last 14 matches this season.

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Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Predictions 5/20/2021

Many reservations about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s potential to repeat as Stanley Cup champions were soon dispelled following the first two games of the series against the Florida Panthers. The Lightning won both of their first two games, 5-4 and 3-1, despite being on the road. After missing the regular season due to injury, Nikita Kucherov was able to make an impact in the first two matches, scoring two goals and dishing two assists. Tampa Bay is 3rd at 36-17 in the Central Division.

The offense was the driving force behind the two triumphs, but the defense was equally impressive, allowing only one goal to the Panthers in the second game. Andrei Vasilevskiy, the star keeper who allowed only 2.2 goals per game while saving. In the regular season, he saved 67 of the 72 shots he faced, for a save percentage of 925 percent.

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning is 8-4 SU in their last 12 matches.

  • The total went OVER in 12 of Tampa Bay’s last 17 matches against Florida.

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning is  8-4 SU in their last 12 matches in the Central Conference.

Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning. The NHL pick for this game is the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers will be playing with their backs against the wall in this game. Florida is expected to play well in this game, but the Tampa Bay offense’s power will be able to overpower Florida’s defense. The Tampa Bay Lightning will win to a predicted score of 4-2.

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Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning 5/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NHL Starting Time: 6:30 PM (EDT)

Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, USA

Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

TV: USA

NHL Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -150

NHL Totals: 5.5

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