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Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: 2024 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series odds

The Florida Panthers will look to replicate last year's memorable run to the Stanley Cup Final when they start their playoff journey against the playoff-tested intrastate rival Tampa Bay Lightning.

Florida finished atop the Atlantic Division on 110 points, their best regular season finish (outside of their historic 2021/22 season) in franchise history. The Panthers have never lifted the Stanley Cup, something their first round opponent is more than familiar with.

The Lightning won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021, then lost in the final to Colorado in 2022. While this year's team isn't as strong - and a little older - than those Cup-winning sides, it's entirely possible Tampa's playoff juju kicks in at the perfect time as it has done before.

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning series odds

To Win Series

FLA Panthers

-170

TB Lightning

+145

Series Correct Score

Score

Panthers to win

Lightning to win

4-0

+750

+1200

4-1

+425

+900

4-2

+425

+600

4-3

+425

+600

Series Total Games

Total Games Line

Over

Under

4.5

-900

+525

5.5

-180

+135

6.5

+200

-275

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning playoff history

These two Florida teams have met twice before in the playoffs, each within the past four postseasons. Tampa Bay is 2-0 in those series.

The Lightning won in six games in the 2021 first round, their first step to winning back-to-back Stanley Cups.

In 2022, the Panthers were the best team in the regular season, winning the Presidents’ Trophy. But Tampa capitalized on what many know as the ‘Presidents’ Trophy curse’ and swept Florida 4-0 in the second round.

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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