Betting on today's Panthers and Lightning game? Catch the action at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL, as the Lightning hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on BSFL. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6.5 goals, and the Lightning are favored to win at home against the Panthers.

FLORIDA PANTHERS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING BETTING PICK

The Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

This game will be played at Amalie Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, December 27th.

WHY BET THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING:

  • With a 1.5-goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Lightning to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Lightning on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Panthers (+1.5)

Will the Panthers Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

In their 33 games, the Panthers have a 19-12-2 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 10-5-0 record, and their record on the road is 9-7-2. This record has them sitting 3rd in the Eastern Atlantic division and 5th in the Eastern conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Florida has a 16-17 record. On the road they are 10-8 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is6-9. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Florida is 5.5. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.4. The Panthers come in with an over/under record of 13-20-0.

In their last three games away from home, the Panthers have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.

When looking at their offense, the Panthers have an average of 2.9 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 25th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 2nd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Panthers offense is 21st in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 29th in the NHL.

Florida's leading scorer is Sam Reinhart. So far, he has 19 goals which is 5th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 21 assists so far.

The Lightning defense is currently 6th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.9 shots per game against Tampa Bay. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 5th with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Tampa Bay, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has started 25 games in this season. His current record is 15-9, and his save percentage stands at 0.9183673469387755%.

Can the Lightning Live Up to the Hype at Home?

For the season, the Lightning currently hold an overall record of 17-13-5. On the road, Tampa Bay has gone 7-10-2 and they are 10-3-3 at home. Their current record places them 4th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 8th in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, Tampa Bay posted a 17-18 record. On the road they are 7-12 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 10-6. Games involving Tampa Bay have an average of 6.8 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.5. In terms of their over/under performance, the Lightning come in with a record of 16-17-2.

Through their last three home games, Tampa Bay has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.

The Lightning come into the game scoring an average of 3.3 goals per game, putting them 5th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 9th in the league. Tampa Bay's offense is currently ranked 1st in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 30th in the league.

Tampa Bay's current leading scorer is Nikita Kucherov. This season, he has 23 goals, which puts him 3rd in the NHL. Kucherov also comes into the game with 34 assists.

Defensively, the Lightning come into the season ranked 6th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30.9 shots per game against Tampa Bay. For the season, they are ranked 5th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the start and has made 13 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-5, and his save percentage is 0.5561224489795918%.