The best team in the regular season the Florida panthers had a bad start in the series against the defending champions and will have to bounce back in Game 2 when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL, on May 19, 2022.
- Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning
- NHL – Playoffs, Eastern Conference, Second Round, Game 2
- Date – 19/5/2022
- Starting time – 7 PM ET
- Venue: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL
Florida Panthers Stats & Form
After dropping the opening game against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Playoffs, the top seed in the Eastern Conference did the same against the defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning.
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.
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.
The Panthers are 5-5-0 in the last 10 games, averaging 2.9 goals, five assists, five penalties and 10.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game.
Florida Panthers News
Jonas Johansson and Markus Nutivaara are out for the Panthers for tonight while Mason Marchment is listed as day-to-day.
Tampa Bay Lightning Stats & Form
The Tampa Bay Lightning opened the series with a huge 4-1 road win and stole the home court advantage against the local rival the Florida Panthers.
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 and they are ranked sixth in the league allowing 2.8 goals per game.
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.
The Lightning are 6-4-0 in the last 10 games, averaging 3.5 goals, 5.5 assists, 4.9 penalties and 13.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.
Tampa Bay Lightning News
Brayden Point is listed as day-to-day for the Tampa Bay Lightning with a lower back injury.
Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Head-to-Head Stats
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won 6 of the last 10 games against the Florida Panthers.
Four of the last ten games between these two have finished over 7.5 goals.
Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Odds
The Florida Panthers are favourites to defeat Tampa Bay with the odds at -104 for their win while the odds for the Lightning win are at 209. The draw is set at 352.
The total goals margin is set at 6.5 with 102 for over and -127 for under.
The Florida Panthers find themselves in a must-win situation already in the second round of the Eastern Conference matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Panthers lost Game 1 at home by 4-1 and will now have to win to avoid the same 2-0 hole they fell into in last year’s playoff series with the Lightning. However, this isn’t a new thing for Florida who has now gone seven straight playoff series without winning Game 1. A big adjustment and group that needs to step up will be the special teams unit who was thoroughly outplayed in the opener.
The Panthers went scoreless in 3 power plays while Tampa Bay scored on three of their six power-play opportunities. The man advantage has been a problem all playoffs for the Panthers as they are now 0-of-21 in extra man situations. The Panthers have been so good at home all year long and will even the series tonight.