Among the five NHL Playoffs games scheduled for Monday is a Game 5 matchup in the Central Division between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. It has been a treat to watch the Sunshine State rivals go at it in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The NHL betting market clearly has respect for the defending champs, as they are short favorites to close out this series on the road. This NHL betting preview for the Lightning vs Panthers NHL Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 5 of this series.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Game Info | NHL Playoffs
NHL Central Division Semifinals NHL Playoffs Game 5 (TB Leads 3-1)
Tampa Bay Lightning (75 pts, 35-17-3, 15-10-3 Away) vs. Florida Panthers (79 pts, 37-14-5, 20-5-3 Home)
Date: Monday, May 24, 2021
Start Time: 8 p.m. EST
Venue: BB&T Center — Sunrise, FL
They may not have finished atop the Central Division standings in the regular season, but the Lightning aren’t messing around in the NHL Playoffs. Outside of the Panthers grabbing an overtime victory in Game 3, this series has been thoroughly dominated by Tampa Bay. Alex Killornm led the way in a 6-2 Game 4 victory with a pair of goals and two assists. Nikita Kucherov was also spectacular with a goal and three assists. The Lightning can never be counted out when it comes to NHL betting so long as Andrei Vasilevskiy is between the pipes. He stopped 39 of 41 shots in Saturday’s win and has flummoxed the Panthers for the majority of this series.
With so much talent and experience across the way, what will it take for the Panthers to force a Game 6 in this NHL Playoffs series? For starters, whoever draws the start in net on Monday will need to show up. Florida has suffered greatly from poor goaltending out of Sergei Bobrovsky in this series. After allowing 5 goals on just 14 shots, he was yanked from the Game 4 beatdown in favor of Chris Driedger. It wouldn’t come as a shock to see Joel Quenneville roll with his back up again tonight. For a team that went 20-5-3 on home ice this season, benign relegated to NHL betting underdogs in an elimination game is eye-opening.
Lightning vs Panthers NHL Betting Odds
Moneyline: TB: (-115) | FLA: (-105)
Puck Line: TB: -1.5 (+225) | FLA: +1.5 (-275)
Total: 5.5 — Over: (-120) | Under: (+100)
Lightning vs Panthers Betting Trends
- Lightning are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games played on Monday.
- Lightning are 13-7 SU in their last 20 head-to-head matchups against the Panthers.
- Panthers are 11-3 SU in their last 14 games on home ice.
- Under has hit in four of the Lightning’s last six road games.
- Seven of the Panthers’ last ten games have gone over the total.
Lightning vs Panthers Prediction
This NHL prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Florida a 52.6% chance to win Game 5 of this NHL Playoffs matchup.