Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Prediction, 5/17/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Lightning (+121) Panthers (-148)
The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to Capital One Arena on Tuesday where they will try to beat the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of their series. The moneyline on this game has Tampa Bay at +121 and Florida is sitting at -148. The total comes in at 7.
The Tampa Bay Lightning were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 2-1 win against the Maple Leafs in their previous outing. Tampa Bay accounted for 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Lightning didn't have their best offensive outing in this victory. They also had 2 power play attempts but didn't net one. In the game, they converted 2 out of the 25 shots they put on net.
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Tampa Bay Lightning opponents have recorded 252 power play opportunities (8th in professional hockey) and have tallied 49 goals in those attempts. The Lightning have had 2,441 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .907. Tampa Bay has taken 2,535 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 11.2%. While at even strength, the Lightning let the opposition score 179 goals while getting 223 as an offensive unit. Tampa Bay skates onto the rink with 259 power play opportunities and they have tallied 62 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 23.94%. For the year, they have recorded 110 points and their points percentage is sitting at .671. When discussing their goal scoring prowess, the Tampa Bay Lightning have earned 285 goals (7th in pro hockey) this season and have given up 228.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Andrei Vasilevskiy. In his career, Vasilevskiy has 203 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .572. His save percentage currently is .919 during his 21,390 mins on the ice. Vasilevskiy has had 11,039 shot attempts against him and has garnered 10,147 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 892 goals versus Vasilevskiy in his professional career and his goals against average per contest is 2.50. He has a mark of 229-101-24 and he was named the starter in 355 games. Vasilevskiy has participated in 365 matchups over the course of his hockey career.
In their last game, Florida went up against the Capitals in a game where the Panthers ended up with the win by a tally of 4-3. They had 2 power play opportunities in this matchup but didn't score a goal. The Panthers tallied 4 goals of the 31 shots on goal they were seeking.
Florida has attempted 3,062 shots (1st in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.01%, while allowing their opponents 2,515 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 79.54% on the other teams 259 power play chances, and their save percentage sits at 90.4%. They have earned 262 opportunities on the power play and they have a power play rate of 24.43%. The Panthers have earned 273 goals at even strength and 64 goals (3rd in pro hockey) while on the power play. They have permitted 242 goals to be scored by of a combination of 189 goals at even strength and 53 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this season, the Florida Panthers have accumulated 337 goals, 122 points, and a points percentage of .744.
Across the ice you will find Sergei Bobrovsky protecting the net. He has recorded 15,911 stops out of 17,369 shots attempted against him, giving him a percentage of .916. Bobrovsky is the owner of a career mark of 336-187-48 and has been in net for 592 games. He got the starting nod in 577 games and has played for a total of 34,075 mins. Bobrovsky's percentage of quality starts is 57.0% and he has 329 quality starting assignments in his hockey career. Opponents are averaging 2.57 goals per contest and he has relinquished 1,458 goals in total.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (+121)
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