Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Lightning and Panthers. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN, and it's hosted by the Panthers at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 6.5 goals and the Panthers are the -1.5 favorite to win at home vs. the Lightning.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS FLORIDA PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Florida Panthers -1.5

This game will be played at FLA Live Arena at 7:00 ET on Monday, April 29th.

WHY BET THE FLORIDA PANTHERS:

  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Lightning winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Lightning on the moneyline (+149)
  • The Lightning are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Will the Lightning Defense Show Up in Sunrise?

As the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Lightning have gone 45-29-8 overall this season. In the Atlantic Division, they sit in 4th place with a record of 12-14. On the road, Tampa Bay has gone 20-18-3 this season, and they come into tonight's game having lost two straight games away from home.

Over their last ten games, the Lightning have gone just 3-7, and they have lost three of their last five games overall. As the underdog, Tampa Bay has gone 14-12-5 this season, and they have been the underdog in 31 of their 82 games.

On the season, the Lightning have gone 43-39 against the puck line, including going 20-21 on the road. In their last ten games, Tampa Bay has gone 5-5 vs. the puck line. Overall, the team has 34 wins by multiple goals compared to 11 by just one goal.

As the underdog, the Lightning have gone 20-11 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin on the road is -.2 goals per game. In their last three road games, Tampa Bay has gone 2-1 vs. the puck line.

The average goal total for Tampa Bay's games is sitting at 6.8. The average over/under line for the season is 6.4. The Lightning come in with an over/under record of 39-37-6.

Tampa Bay has a 0-3 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.

The Lightning come into the game scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game, putting them 5th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. Looking at how the Lightning's offense is performing during power plays, they are 1st in power play goals and 24th in shorthanded goals.

The leading scorer for Tampa Bay's offense is Brayden Point. Coming into the game he has 46 goals, ranking 8th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Point has 44 assists this season.

Florida defense takes on the Lightning ranked 29th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 27.6 shots per game against Florida. They also are 3rd in shutouts, with 8 shutouts.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy comes into the game having made 52 starts this season. So far, his record is 30-20 and he has a save percentage of 0.879%.

Will Florida Find a Way to Win at Home?

At home this season, the Panthers have gone 26-13-2 and have won five straight games. In the Eastern Conference, Florida is in 3rd place and 1st in the Atlantic Division. Overall, the Panthers have a record of 52-24-6 and have won four straight games.

When favored this year, Florida has gone 46-19-2 and has won five straight games. Over their last ten games, the Panthers have gone 8-2 and have won four of their last five games.

Florida enters the game with an average scoring margin of +.8 goals per game and has gone 41-41 against the puck line this year. The Panthers have gone 29-38 against the puck line when favored and have 33 wins by multiple goals.

So far this season, Florida has gone 14-27 against the puck line at home and has an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the Panthers have gone just 3-7 against the puck line.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Florida is 5.7. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.2. The Panthers come in with an over/under record of 30-49-3.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Tampa Bay has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 0-3 overall in these games.

For their offensive performance, the Panthers come in averaging 3.2 goals per game this season, which is 11th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 2nd in the league. Florida's offense is currently ranked 6th in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 10th in the league.

Florida's leading scorer is Sam Reinhart. So far, he has 57 goals which is 2nd in the NHL. Reinhart also comes into the game with 37 assists.

In terms of defense, the Panthers head into the game ranked 29th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 27.6 shots per game against Florida. So far, they are 3rd in shutouts, achieving 8 shutouts.

Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky gets the start and has made 58 starts this season. His record at this point is 36-17, and his save percentage is 0.948%.