7:07 pm
April 24

Lightning @ Panthers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Tampa Bay Lightning (48-22-8)

@ Florida Panthers (57-15-6)


Starting Goalies:

Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB): Likely

Spencer Knight (FLA): Unconfirmed


Current odds:

Tampa Bay Lightning: (+106)

Florida Panthers: (-128)


•  Florida suddenly is the hottest state on ice. As the NHL regular season winds down, the Florida Panthers (57-15-6, 120 points) will host the Tampa Bay Lightning (48-22-8, 104 points) on Sunday night in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers set a franchise record Saturday with their 13th consecutive win, a 3-2 overtime victory vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tampa Bay cruised to a 6-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Both the Panthers and Lightning already have clinched playoff berths. The Lightning are the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champions, and the Panthers are atop the NHL standings this season.

The Panthers are the league’s highest-scoring team. The Lightning reside in the top-eight in goals scored and goals allowed.

Florida has won two of its three matchups with Tampa Bay this season. Only one of those games was in Sunrise, and the Panthers rolled to a 9-3 rout in that game on Dec. 30.

The Lightning have six players with at least 20 goals this season: captain Steven Stamkos (35), Brayden Point (27), Alex Killorn (25), Ross Colton (22), Nikita Kucherov (21) and defenseman Victor Hedman (20).

The Panthers have seven 20-goal scorers, led by captain Aleksander Barkov (39). The others are Anthony Duclair (31), Jonathan Huberdeau (30), Sam Reinhart (29), Sam Bennett (27), Carter Verhaeghe (22) and Claude Giroux (21). Giroux, however, scored 18 of those while playing with the Philadelphia Flyers. Huberdeau, who has 114 points, is trying to catch Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid (116) for the NHL scoring lead. Huberdeau already leads the NHL with 84 assists.

Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who got the win on Saturday, leads the NHL in wins with 39.

Tampa Bay star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who had the night off on Saturday, is 36-18-5 this season with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. The Lightning also have Brian Elliott, who won on Saturday to improve his record to 11-3-3.

Panthers interim coach Andrew Brunette said his team got a taste of what the postseason will be like in Saturday’s win over Toronto. “It felt like a playoff game,” Brunette said. “It was a tight-checking game. It was fast-paced. Toronto played harder than we did. But the fact that we won speaks to the grit and resilience of our group.”

StreakSmarter Pick
Florida Panthers