Lightning visit the Panthers with 1-0 series lead
Tampa Bay Lightning (51-23-8, third in the Atlantic Division) vs. Florida Panthers (58-18-6, first in the Atlantic Division)
Sunrise, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Panthers -156, Lightning +133; over/under is 6.5
NHL PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND: Lightning lead series 1-0
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Florida Panthers in the second round of the NHL Playoffs with a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams meet Tuesday for the sixth time this season. The Lightning won 4-1 in the previous meeting.
Florida is 58-18-6 overall with a 16-2-2 record in Atlantic Division play. The Panthers are 53-8-2 when scoring at least three goals.
Tampa Bay has a 51-23-8 record overall and a 13-8-3 record in Atlantic Division play. The Lightning rank seventh in the league with 285 total goals (averaging 3.5 per game).
TOP PERFORMERS: 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.
Victor Hedman has 20 goals and 66 assists for the Lightning. Corey Perry has scored five goals with one assist over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 5-5-0, averaging 2.9 goals, five assists, five penalties and 10.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game.
Lightning: 6-4-0, averaging 3.5 goals, 5.5 assists, 4.9 penalties and 13.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.
INJURIES: Panthers: Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed), Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), Mason Marchment: day to day (lower body).
Lightning: Brayden Point: day to day (lower-body).