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; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
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 last 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 42-5-4 record when scoring at least three goals.
Florida is 16-2-2 against the Atlantic Division and 58-18-6 overall. The Panthers serve 10.1 penalty minutes per game to rank sixth in NHL play.
TOP PERFORMERS: Steven Stamkos has 42 goals and 64 assists for the Lightning. Corey Perry has scored five goals and added one assist over the last 10 games.
Aleksander Barkov Jr. has 39 goals and 49 assists for the Panthers. Carter Verhaeghe has eight goals and six assists over the last 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).