Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Mar 21, 2021

The Panthers are still being driven by their co-star forwards Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Florida
37-14-3-2
AT
March 21, 2021, 4:00 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
36-17-1-2
Puckline +1.5 -201
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +6

49%

Betting Action

51%

Puckline -1.5 +167
Moneyline -144
Over / Under u +6

49%

Betting Action

51%

Sunday afternoon’s encounter between the Panthers and Lightning isn’t just the next chapter in Florida’s NHL rivalry – it’s a matchup of the top two teams in the Central Division. The Lightning come in as the Central leaders and are riding a three-game winning streak as they prepare to host a Panthers side that sits just two points back atop the division. It’s the fourth meeting of the season between the geographical rivals, with Florida having won two of the first three.

Panthers vs. Lightning Betting Analysis

The Lightning are the favourites to win on the NHL odds, as expected; they own an incredible 12-2-0 SU record at Amalie Arena for the season, and their plus-40 goal differential leads the NHL. That said, bettors shouldn’t sleep on the Panthers, who have a sensational 10-2-1 record away from Sunrise and prevailed 6-4 in their only meeting of the season in Tampa. Florida was also a force on its most recent road trip, earning eight of a possible 10 points on the five-game trek.

Just under 60 per cent of Sports Interaction respondents are siding with the home team, while 68 per cent are leaning toward the O6 at -120 (with the U6 set at +100). The teams bring identical 15-13-2 O/U records for the year into this meeting, and are riding strong totals trends overall. Florida has gone below the number in seven of its last eight games as an underdog, while Tampa Bay is 6-3 O/U in its last nine. The teams are also 9-1 O/U in the last 10 meetings.

Florida Panthers

The Panthers are still being driven by their co-star forwards Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau – but a second-year skater is making waves for the surging club. Carter Verhaeghe has emerged as one of the team’s top offensive options with 11 goals and 12 assists through the first 30 games of the season. He ranks fourth on the team in points despite a hum-drum debut season in which he had just 13 points in 52 games in 2019-20.

Tampa Bay Lightning

A mediocre 3-3 SU stretch had bettors a bit shaken – but the Lightning have responded as you might expect, rolling to three straight victories while outscoring the opposition by a 12-6 count. That has allowed them to leapfrog the Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets and return to top spot in the division – and oddsmakers expect them to stay there, making the Lightning a -157 favourite to claim the Central title.

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