Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Betting Preview – 03/06/18Posted by: Charlie Smith
Tonight’s Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning represents a great online NHL betting opportunity. The Panthers are madly trying to crack the top-3 in the Atlantic. On the other hand, the Lightning are doing everything they can to remain the top dogs in the division. Let’s take a gander at what the evening’s teaser sports betting odds are predicting for this Atlantic matchup.
Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Tuesday, March 6th
When: 7:30 pm ET
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NHL TV
Online NHL Betting Odds:
Florida Panthers +1 ½ (-185) 6 (-115) +160
Tampa Bay Lightning -1 ½ (+160) 6 (-105) -185
Team captain Derek MacKenzie leads the Panthers onto the ice this Tuesday night. All in all, Florida enters this evening’s pairing sporting a 32-25-6 record. That gives the club a total of 70 points on the season, which places them a whopping 15-pionts behind the 3rd-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs. With around 20-games on the season, it’s extremely unlikely that the Panthers will crack the top-3. Worse off, it doesn’t look like Florida’s current 70-point tally will be enough to garner a Wild Card berth. Ultimately, to make this year’s playoff cut, the Panthers will need a bit of luck and an extremely long win streak. Judging by tonight’s online NHL betting odds, Florida will not be getting started this evening.
So how well do these two matchup against each other? Without a doubt, Tampa Bay is a much better team both offensively and defensively. With the NHL’s best scoring offense, there’s no question that the Lighting beats out every other team in scoring. Likewise, the Lightning’s 8th ranked defense is vastly superior to Florida’s 25th ranked unit. With that in mind, it’s clear bettors should be going siding with the home team in tonight’s Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning matchup.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos once again leads the Lightning as they look to defend the home ice. Riding a 2-game win streak, the Lightning are confident they can maintain their lead at the top of the division. Right now Tampa Bay is sitting on a 45-17-4 record that ranks them as the best team in the Atlantic. Moreover, the Lightning’s 94-points on the season gives them a whopping 6-point lead over their nearest competitor. It might be a stretch to say the Lighting have locked up the Atlantic’s No. 1 seed. But then again, judging by how they’ve been faring this year, it’s hard to imagine another team beating them out for that spot.
Sportsbook betting players have one prediction to make tonight and that’s to take the Lighting on the money line. Tonight’s matchup will mark the 4th time these two teams have faced off. Since the Lightning won 2 of the previous 3, bettors can expect a similar result this evening.
Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions
Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Picks
As alluded to previously, Tampa Bay is the way to go this evening. The Lightning come in with a good amount of momentum, get home court advantage, and are the better team all-around. Luckily, the line out on the Lighting isn’t steep whatsoever. Sign up now to make this easy prediction on the Lightning!
Score Prediction: 4-2 Tampa Bay. The Lightning keep it rolling and cover the spread.