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Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

Many fans labeled the in-state rivalry between the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning as the series to keep an eye on, and it hasn’t disappointed.

Although the Panthers are out to a 2-0 series lead, we’ve had one-goal finishes in each of the first two games, so let’s break down Game 3.

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning betting picks and predictions

Over 6 (-115)

As mentioned, the first two games of this Atlantic Division rivalry have been as tight as can be, with Florida winning both of them by a single goal. In fact, Tuesday night’s Game 2 was the first overtime matchup of this year’s playoffs.

Another trend we’ve seen is low-scoring games. However, with the series transitioning to Tampa Bay, this is an opportunity for things to blow wide open. The veteran leadership of the Lightning can help them take their first win of the series, and they’ll likely need plenty of scoring to do so.

In the last two regular season meetings between these teams, eight and 11 total goals were scored. As the series moves along, we’re also going to see more tired skates on the defensive end, which could provide openings for both teams.

It’s also worth noting that the expected goals for Game 2 were just a tick under eight. In other words, we saw some unlucky bounces and saves made that will be difficult to replicate. Along with Tampa having their backs against the ropes, expect plenty of fireworks in Game 3.

Nikita Kucherov over 3.5 shots on goal (+100)

Speaking of Lightning fireworks, some of those should come from the great Nikita Kucherov. He’s been having an MVP-caliber season all year, and his 144 regular season points have earned him the Art Ross Trophy.

After all, he’s a former Hart Trophy winner as well, and the anticipation is that he will start firing away to help get Tampa back on track. His 306 shots were eighth-most in the NHL, and he never hesitated when it came to taking his chances against Florida goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

In the first two games against the Panthers this season, Kucherov recorded 10 total shots on goal, which extended his pace from last year where he recorded 17 shots across four games.

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Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning odds

FLA Panthers

-105 ML

TB Lightning

-115 ML

Puck Line

TB -1.5 (+210)

Total

O/U 6

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning player props

Anytime Goalscorer

Nikita Kucherov

+135

Brayden Point

+135

Sam Reinhart

+145

Steven Stamkos

+160

Matthew Tkachuk

+165

Aleksander Barkov

+165

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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