Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers Free Pick

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Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, and the Tampa Bay Lightning will face off against Evgenii Dadonov, Jonathan Huberdeau, and the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in a divisional tilt. Fox SportsNet Florida will broadcast the matchup, and the opening face-off is at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 1.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers Odds

Moneyline odds have not yet been posted for this matchup.

Tampa Bay is 18-8 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.5 units this year. 13 of its contests have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2018-19 Lightning team is 7-4 SU on the road.

Tampa Bay has converted on 26.3 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for seventh-best in the NHL. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.3 percent of its penalties..

With a .899 save percentage and 28.6 saves per game, Louis Domingue (9-4) has been the best option in goal for Tampa Bay this season. If it chooses to rest him, however, the team may turn to Andrei Vasilevskiy (9-4-1 record, .927 save percentage, 2.29 goals against average).

Florida is 10-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 24 regular season contests, 11 of its games have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 5-6 SU as the home team this season.

The Panthers have converted on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 26th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 76.3 percent of all penalties.

James Reimer (23.0 saves per game) has been the primary selection in the crease for the Panthers. Reimer has six wins, 10 losses, and two overtime losses and has registered a mediocre 3.25 goals against average and a fairly-weak .895 save percentage this season.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.
  • This game features two clubs that force a lot of shots on goal. Tampa Bay has taken the league’s seventh-most shots on goal (32.9) while Florida has attempted the second-most (36.3).
  • Over Florida’s last ten outings, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-4 in those games).
  • Tampa Bay skaters have dished out the sixth-most hits in the league (24.6 per game).