Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 3/12/2014
Thursday March 13th, 2014 4:30 PM on FSFL, SunS
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
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Even without Steven Stamkos, the Tampa Bay Lighting were nothing short of a force to be reckoned with the last time these two teams met up. The last time they faced the Florida Panthers they got a goal early in the game on power-play goal by Sean Bergenheim. Just 19 seconds later the game would be tied by Alex Killorn, however. Coming out onto the ice in the second period with the game tied, the Panthers gave Tampa no competition. Scores by Tyler Johnson and Martin St. Louis were added and a key goal by Valtteri Filpuula during a 5-on-3 power-play really put a wedge between the two teams.
In the third period the Panthers looked underpowered, and a lack of effort according to coach Peter Horachek was the problem. In any event the situation was good for J.T. Brown, who added 2 more goals in the third and led the Lighting to a 6-1 win.
Although the Panthers may have been a little worn down by their recent Canada trip, they had a good overall trip, going 3-1 with wins over Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. The Panthers will probably be looking to capitalize on a Tampa Bay team that will be going into this game on Thursday with a five game losing streak under their belt. And you can probably imagine that Tampa Bay will be playing hard to break that streak.
Florida is 12-22 straight up on the road this season
Florida is 17-14-3 against the over/under on the road this season
Tampa Bay is 17-13 straight up at home this season
Tampa Bay is 16-11-3 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/12/14 LW Sean Bergenheim Lower Body is expected to miss Thursday vs. Tampa Bay
03/11/14 D Erik Gudbranson Knee out at least 2 weeks
03/11/14 C Jesse Winchester Lower Body out at least a week
02/24/14 C Aleksander Barkov Knee out 4-6 weeks
02/20/14 RW Tomas Kopecky Concussion out indefinitely
01/21/14 D Mike Mottau Leg out indefinitely
10/12/13 D Brian Lee Knee out indefinitely
03/11/14 D Sami Salo Lower Body questionable Thursday vs. Florida
03/10/14 D Radko Gudas Lower Body questionable Thursday vs Florida
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