An Atlantic division battle is scheduled for Tuesday night when the Florida Panthers (64 points) visit the Tampa Bay Lightning (78 points). Florida is sixth in the division, but they are just three points out of the final Wild Card spot. Tampa Bay is comfortably in third and will battle it out with Toronto for second. Below is my NHL betting pick for Panthers vs Lightning.
Panthers vs Lightning Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Lightning Moneyline (+123)|
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This game will be played at Amalie Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.
Why Bet the Lightning:
✅ Tampa Bay is 14-2 in their last 16 home games.
✅ The Lightning are 5-2-3 in their last 10 games overall.
✅ Florida is 1-7 in their last eight games against Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay Lightning
|4.33||Avg Opp Score||4.33|
|5.33||Avg Opp Score||2.33|
|4.4||Avg Opp Score||3.8|
|4.8||Avg Opp Score||2.6|
|3.3||Avg Opp Score||2.8|
|4.2||Avg Opp Score||2.7|
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Last time out, Florida hosted the Buffalo Sabres and were beaten 3-1. There was no score in the first period, but the Sabres got on the board early in the second and were leading 2-0 after the second period. The Panthers got one back early in the third, but the Sabres answered just two minutes later to secure the win.
Carter Verhaeghe scored the only Florida goal and he was assisted by Anthony Duclair and Eetu Luostarinen.
Matthew Tkachuk has had a strong start to his Florida career as he leads the team with 50 assists and 78 points. Carter Verhaeghe has a team high 31 goals Florida is scoring 3.41 goals per game and allow 3.48.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay visited the Pittsburgh Penguins and were dominated in a 7-3 defeat. The Penguins led 1-0 early, but the Lightning bounced back nicely and led 2-1 after the first period. Pittsburgh erupted in the second period and lit the lamp six (!) times to take complete control of this one. Tampa Bay scored a consolation goal in the third to get us to our final score.
Anthony Cirelli, Nikita Kucherov, and Brayden Point all scored on the night. Five Lightning players all recorded an assist in the loss.
Nikita Kucherov is having one of the better seasons in the NHL as he leads Tampa Bay with 62 assists and 85 points. Brayden Point has a team high 36 goals. The Lightning are scoring 3.56 goals per game and allow 2.95.