Tampa Bay lost five games in a row, but they meet their favorite opponent tonight and have a decent chance at ending the losing streak. The Lightning won all three games against the Panthers this season and scored a total of 17 goals, while limiting opponents to an average of two goals per match.
Bet: Tampa Bay
Odds: Winner Sports 1.85
Florida lost two games in a row and despite his best efforts, Luongo couldn’t keep the team alive long enough for the forwards to work their magic. In fact, following the 2-0 victory over lowly Buffalo, the Panthers sinked into near irrelevance and allowed opponents to score 8 goals. Boston and Phoenix were clearly not impressed by the fact that they were playing away from home and outshot the hosts in all periods, and led from start to finish.
Tampa Bay faced exactly the same three teams last week and lost all of them, while allowing Boston and Phoenix to score a combined eight goals. This is where the similarities end, because unlike Florida, the Lightning gave opponents a run for their money and pushed both games in overtime. The offensive did its part and scored six goals, but the backline failed to hang on to this lead and opponents scored the decisive goals in the final minutes of the game.
It is unlikely for Tampa to face the same sort of opposition tonight when they welcome the Panthers in what could’ve been the derby of Florida. As it is, the hosts not only have the better team but also superior motivation and that’s why it is worth backing them to win in regulation time even though the odds with Winner Sports stand at 1.85 and are likely to tumble.