NHL online betting expectations are growing at a rapid rate for the Lightning as a legitimate and profitable NHL hockey betting commodity.
The Florida Panthers will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night with a start time of 7:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this All-Florida Eastern Conference matchups so be sure and open your account today for action.
Tampa Bay had a record of 26-15-3-2 with the ice hockey lines and was 13-11-2-1 on the road with 16 of their 27 road games going over the total. Tampa Bay was one of the most improved teams in the league and a surprise leader in the Southeast Division standings.
Offense has been what has ignited the Lightning as they ranked 10th in the NHL for goal scoring while the defense has struggled and ranked 27th for goals against. Center Steven Stamkos was on fire with 31 goals and 28 assists with 14 power play goals. Long time stalwart Martin St. Louis had 19 goals and 37 assists.
Florida was 21-20-1-1with the NHL betting odds and was 11-8-1-1 at home with a 9-8-4 mark over the total as a host. The Panthers were almost opposite of Tampa Bay in that they ranked 10th for goals against while ranking a mediocre 16th for goal scoring. Tomas Vokoun had a 2.56 goals against average with 5 shutouts.
Florida has won both previous NHL online betting matchups between the teams this season. On October 16 the Panthers scored a 6-0 home win over the Lightning as the game went over the total. On November 27 the Panthers got the money in a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay that also went over the total.
This series has gone over the total in 5 of the last 6 meetings between the teams as Florida has won 5 of their last 7 games against Tampa Bay. The Panthers have dominated the Lightning at home with 14 payouts in their last 19 games as host including 3 wins in their last 4 home games against Tampa Bay. Just 4 of the last 20 matchups between these two teams at Florida have gone under the total.