Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers: is the favorite obvious?
Tampa Bay vs. Florida: NHL prediction (February 16, 2021)
Tampa Bay Lightning
On February 16, "Tampa" will play another match with "Florida", for which our experts have prepared their predictions. Who will be stronger this time?
Tampa Bay Lightning
For a long time, "Tampa" did not leave a chance to score points to any opponent, having won seven matches, all of which ended in regulation time. The team stopped the winning streak against "Florida", having suffered a crushing defeat with a score of 2:5. Suddenly, the "Lightning" simply stopped creating chances in the attack, and the team’s defense could not hold back the opponent's onslaught.
However, in the return match, "Lightning" could take revenge, beating the "Panthers" with an even larger score of 6:1. The players of both teams performed well. Goaltender Vasilevsky is still worth being highlighted, reflecting 97% of the shots. Thanks to such a successful start to the season, "Tampa Bay" is at the top of the Central Division with 21 points.
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"Florida" turned out to be the only team to stop "Tampa's" winning streak with a 5:2 victory. The attack of the team performed great, which was hardly noticeable during three matches. It is also worth paying attention to the defense, which managed to tie "Lightning", not giving the opponent a chance for a comeback.
The "Panthers'" reliable defense still sometimes fails, which actually happened in the return match with the "Lightning". Also, the goaltender Bobrovsky turned out to be not so reliable, reflecting only 78% of the shots. "Florida" remains one of the top contenders for the leading position in the Central Division, thanks to a great start this year.
In the return match with "Florida" "Tampa" showed that they are not ready to lose points out of the blue. The "Lightning" will play this match at the home arena, where they normally perform even better than away. "Florida" managed to use the opponents' mistakes in one of their face-to-face matches, but if the "Lightning" play reliably, the "Panthers" have little chance to win.
Our prediction is that "Tampa" will win with odds of 1.56 on 1xbet.