NHL Betting Preview: Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Saturday, November 13, 2021

by Spooky Express | November 12, 2021 |

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In a rematch of one of the most thrilling playoff series in recent memory, the first-place Florida Panthers (10-2-2) are on the road Saturday night to take on their in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning (6-3-3).

Florida is looking to snap out of a three-game losing skid and end their road trip with a win, while the Lightning has picked up points in six straight contests. 

Saturday’s puck drop between the Panthers and Lightning is at 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN+.

Florida Panthers Betting Preview: Rookies Stepping Up

Florida’s star power led them to finish one point away from a division title last season, and they’re looking even stronger this time around. 

Two rookies, in particular, have stepped up to help the cause. Goaltender Spencer Knight was 4-0-1 before getting shelled in his last two outings. However, he’s still among the Calder Trophy favorites at +1400. Anton Lundell (three goals, four assists) has been impressive and is seeing increased ice time as a result.

Sergei Bobrovsky should be in goal to spot Knight on Saturday. This season, Bobrovsky has a 6-0-1 record, a league-best .946 save percentage, and a 1.78 GAA.

Mason Marchment (upper body), Joe Thornton (undisclosed), Markus Nutivaara (undisclosed), and Olli Juolevi (undisclosed) are all expected to miss this game.

Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Preview: Shaking Off the Slow Start

The Lightning has been back to form recently, going 4-0-2 in their past six games, and those overtime losses came against likely playoff teams in the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs. 

With a few days off between games, Tampa Bay will need to come back healthy. Defensemen Erik Cernak (upper body) and Zach Bogosian (undisclosed) could both be back in the lineup, and Boris Katchouk (lower body) could be in the lineup as well. 

Credit Andrei Vasilevskiy, the expected Saturday starter, for the turnaround. After a dismal start to the season, Vasilevskiy has a 3-0-3 record in his last six starts, and he has not allowed more than two goals in regulation since October 23. 

Steven Stamkos (seven goals, eight assists) is tied for 10th in the league in points and has been a rock with Nikita Kucherov (lower body) out for at least two more months. 

Panthers vs Lightning Betting Odds & Lines

MyBookie has set the following NHL betting odds and lines for Friday’s game:

Moneyline: Florida Panthers (+100) at Tampa Bay Lightning (-120)

Puck Line: Florida Panthers +1.5 goals (-240) at Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5 goals (+195)

Total: Over 5.5 goals (-120), Under 5.5 goals (+100)

Free Betting Pick

Don’t let Florida’s recent skid turn you astray here. The ten goals Knight allowed between the Rangers and Devils games were a hiccup, but the shootout loss against Pittsburgh was Bobrovsky’s first loss of the season. 

Expect a motivated Panthers team scoring the second-most goals per game (3.86) to bounce back and beat the two-time defending Cup winners. Tampa Bay’s home record (2-2-2) is another point of concern. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Florida Panthers Moneyline (+100)

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