Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers Game 2 Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated May 19, 2022

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to tally a third straight road victory when they take on the Florida Panthers on Thursday in Game 2 of their second-round NHL playoff series.

Tampa Bay
51-23-3-5
AT
May 19, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
BB&T Center
Florida
58-18-2-4
Puckline +1.5 -178
Moneyline +146
Over / Under o +6.5

45%

Betting Action

55%

Puckline -1.5 +148
Moneyline -175
Over / Under u +6.5

45%

Betting Action

55%

The Lightning opened the series with a decisive 4-1 win, extending their current overall win streak to three games. The Panthers’ defeat on Tuesday extended their current losing streak in series openers to six games. However, the club has shown resilience by rebounding to claim victory in three of four Game 2 contests played on home ice.

The Panthers look to Thursday’s contest perched as steady -169 favourites to win on the NHL odds, backed by 55 per cent of sports bettors. However, Florida has lost substantial ground on the NHL playoff series prices, and now lags as a +124 underdog. After losing ground on the early Game 2 odds, the Lightning have rebounded to a +141 bet to seize a 2-0 series lead. Tampa Bay has also emerged as -152 chalk on the series prices to knock off Florida for a second straight year. The total is pegged at 6.5, with the OVER slightly favoured as a -112 bet.

Lightning vs. Panthers NHL Betting Odds

Thursday night’s matchup at FLA Live Arena marks the sixth overall meeting of the season between these clubs. The Lightning have taken three of the first five clashes, and tallied four road victories while winning seven of 11 versus the Panthers. The UNDER prevailed in Game 1, ending a 2-0-0 run for the OVER, and has now paid out in five of seven head-to-head meetings. With Tampa Bay’s Game 1 win, the road team has claimed victory in three of this season’s five clashes to date.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has settled down considerably since surrendering three or more goals in each of the first six games of the Lightning’s first-round series with Toronto, allowing just two total goals over his past two outings. That is bad news for Florida, considering Vasilevskiy’s epic performance during last season’s Stanley Cup run, when he limited opponents to two or fewer goals in 14 of 23 playoff outings. However, Vasilevskiy could use more scoring support at even strength. With three of their four goals in Game 1 coming on the power play, the Lightning have now potted just seven total even-strength goals over their past four contests. The continued absence of Brayden Point does not help matters. Point remains sidelined with a leg injury and has been ruled out for Game 2.

Florida Panthers

The NHL’s top team on home ice this season, the Panthers have struggled to maintain that momentum of late, losing three of five overall while allowing 4.00 goals per game over that stretch. However, they have avoided losing in consecutive games played at home since mid-February. After potting five goals and nine points over the final three games of the club’s first-round series, Carter Verhaeghe was held off the scoresheet in Game 1, and has now failed to score in six straight versus the Lightning. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was tagged for four goals on home ice for just the second time since the beginning of April. However, he has allowed more than two goals at even strength just twice in his past 16 appearances, and only once in seven outings versus Tampa Bay.

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