Panthers at Lightning 10/3/19 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers
Date & Time: 10/3/2019, 11:00 PM UTC
Location: Amalie Arena
Address: Tampa Bay, FL
Latest Odds: TB -159 O/U 6
TV Channel: DTV

The Florida Panthers visit the Tampa Bay Lightning for the opening game of the NHL regular season for both. The Panthers loaded up on free agents during the offseason and added a new coach in Joel Quenneville. The Panthers have loads of talent up front with Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Evgenii Dadonov and Mike Hoffman. The defense is led by Aaron Ekblad and Keith Yandle.

Florida now has one of the league’s top goalies in Sergei Bobrovsky while Roberto Luongo has retired. Brett Connolly was added as was Noel Acciari. The Panthers Henrik Borgstrom is a player to be watched. The center, who is just 22, scored 18 points last season in 50 games in his rookie season, but is expected to see much more ice time under new head coach Quenneville.

Tampa Bay was a regular season beast last season, but was eliminated in a first round sweep during the postseason. On paper, the Lightning have the best roster top to bottom, but hockey is not played on paper. Patrick Maroon was signed to give Tampa Bay more playoff experience as he helped lead St Louis to its title last season. Brayden Point was signed to a three-year deal and that will help the Lightning as well.

Anthony Cirelli is a player to be watched. Cirelli scored 39 points last season during his rookie campaign and finished sixth in Calder Trophy voting. However, it was his play on defense that earned the rookie high marks as he won nearly 53% of all his faceoffs and finished 11th in the Selke Trophy voting.

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Betting Trends

  • Florida is 6-2 in its last 8 on Thursday
  • The OVER has cashed in 4 of the Panthers last 5 on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 48-16 in its last 64 versus Atlantic Division teams
  • The UNDER has cashed in 7 of the Lightning’s last 10 on Thursday
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Tampa Bay has won each of the last 6 head-to-head with Florida. Tampa Bay remains the class of the NHL regardless of its poor showing in the first round of the postseason last season. The Lightning have a potent offense to go along with a strong defense and excellent goaltending. Florida has lost 13 of its last 16 on the road as an underdog. Final Score Prediction, Tampa Bay Lightning win 7-2.


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