Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3 Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated May 22, 2022

The Tampa Bay Lightning aim to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in their second-round playoff matchup with Florida when they return home to face the Panthers in Game 3 on Sunday afternoon.

Florida
58-18-2-4
AT
May 22, 2022, 1:30 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
51-23-3-5
Puckline -1.5 +210
Moneyline -115
Over / Under o +6.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

Puckline +1.5 -253
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +6.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

The Lightning have taken the first two games of the series in Florida, capped by a stunning 2-1 victory in Game 2 on Thursday night to extend their current win streak to four games. The highest scoring team in the NHL during the regular season, the Panthers now face the daunting task of rebounding against the defending two-time Stanley Cup champions after scoring just two total goals over the first two games of the series.

Despite their struggles in Games 1 and 2, the Panthers look to Sunday’s clash as a strong -115 bet on the Game 3 odds. However, in the wake of Thursday’s loss, they have tumbled to +265 longshots on the NHL series prices. The Lightning remain pegged as a high-value -109 wager, supported by 60 per cent of sports bettors, and have vaulted to -365 chalk to knock of Florida for a second straight year. The total has held steady since opening at 6.5, but with 81 per cent of the betting action backing the UNDER, it is now favoured with -120 odds.

Panthers vs. Lightning NHL Betting Odds

Sunday afternoon’s matchup at Amalie Arena marks the seventh overall meeting of the season between these clubs. The Lightning have claimed victory in three straight head-to-head clashes, and in eight of 12 overall. After closing out their season series with a pair of high-scoring affairs, these clubs have returned to more familiar stingy play in postseason action. The UNDER paid out in both Game 1 and 2, and has gone 6-2-0 over their past eight meetings. However, it is the OVER that has prevailed in eight of their past 10 dates in Tampa Bay.

Florida Panthers

Now facing a 0-2 series deficit against Tampa Bay for a second straight year, the Panthers are in desperate need of an offensive lift. Rediscovering their touch on the power play would help. The Panthers ranked fifth in the league during the regular season with a power play efficiency of 24.4%, but have yet to score on 27 opportunities with the man advantage so far in this year’s playoffs. A lack of production from Jonathan Huberdeau has been a particular concern. Huberdeau racked up 30 goals and 115 points during the regular season, but has tallied just two total assists over the past five games, and was held to just one shot on goal in Thursday’s loss.

Tampa Bay Lightning

One again, the Lightning received a stellar performance from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in Game 2. The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner was simply spectacular at times while turning aside 35 of 36 shots, and has now stopped 98 of 101 total shots over the past three games. Vasilevskiy received plenty of help from his Lightning teammates, who recorded 24 blocked shots in Thursday’s win. And while the Panthers have struggled on the power play, the Lightning have continued to excel with the extra man. The club have seen four of their six goals to date in this series come with the extra man, and have potted at least one power play goal in six of their past seven games.

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