Tampa Bay takes 2-0 lead into game 3 against Florida
Florida Panthers (58-18-6, first in the Atlantic Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (51-23-8, third in the Atlantic Division)
Tampa, Florida; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Panthers -114, Lightning -106; over/under is 6.5
NHL PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND: Lightning lead series 2-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Florida Panthers in the second round of the NHL Playoffs with a 2-0 lead in the series. The teams meet Thursday for the sixth time this season. The Lightning won the previous matchup 2-1.
Tampa Bay has a 13-8-3 record in Atlantic Division play and a 51-23-8 record overall. The Lightning have a +57 scoring differential, with 285 total goals scored and 228 given up.
Florida is 16-2-2 against the Atlantic Division and 58-18-6 overall. The Panthers have a 26-5-2 record in games they have fewer penalties than their opponent.
TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Hagel has scored 26 goals with 18 assists for the Lightning. Corey Perry has five goals and one assist over the past 10 games.
Jonathan Huberdeau has 30 goals and 85 assists for the Panthers. Carter Verhaeghe has scored eight goals with six assists over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 7-3-0, averaging 3.5 goals, 5.5 assists, 4.8 penalties and 13.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game.
Panthers: 5-5-0, averaging 2.8 goals, five assists, 4.8 penalties and 10.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.3 goals per game.
INJURIES: Lightning: Brayden Point: day to day (lower-body).
Panthers: Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed), Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), Mason Marchment: day to day (lower body).