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Lightning vs Panthers Game 2 Odds, Picks & Predictions (Tuesday, Apr. 23)

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

Updated Apr 24, 2024 · 1:29 PM PDT

Apr 21, 2024; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) shoots the puck against the Florida Panthers during the third period in game one of the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amerant Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers play Game 2 on Tuesday
  • The Tuesday NHL odds favor the Panthers to go up 2-0 in the series
  •  Read below for Lightning vs Panthers Game 2 odds, predictions, and picks

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to even up their first-round NHL playoff series with the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Game 2 of the battle of Florida goes down at 7:00 pm ET, with carrying the broadcast.

The Tuesday NHL odds favor the Panthers to go up in the series, pricing Paul Maurice’s team as heavy -180 favorites. The over/under is set at just 5.5, with the odds favoring the over.

Let’s analyze the Game 2 Lightning vs Panthers odds as we provide our picks and predictions.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Florida Panthers Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
TB Lightning +1.5 (-170) +150 Over 5.5 (-125)
FLA Panthers -1.5 (+145) -180 Under 5.5 (+105)

In the Battle of Florida Game 2 odds, the Panthers are -180 moneyline favorites, giving them 64.3% implied win probability.


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Lightning Betting Trends

The Tampa Bay Lightning are aiming to even their first-round series with the Florida Panthers at 1-1. Although the Bolts fell 3-2 in the opener, they played a fairly strong game, especially at 5-on-5. Per Natural Stat Trick, expected goals for Game 1 were 2.28 for Florida and 2.25 for Tampa Bay.

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The Bolts will look for a better start on Tuesday, as they didn’t record their first shot on goal until nearly 16 minutes had elapsed in the game. Nikita Kucherov, the 2024 Art Ross winner, should also be more of a factor Tuesday after being held to just one assist in Game 1.

Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away 25 of 27 shots in the opener and will be the key to Tampa Bay drawing the series even. “Vasi” has an incredible record following a playoff loss in his career, and he’ll look to continue the trend with another big outing on Tuesday.

Panthers Betting Trends

The Florida Panthers, who are one of the top contenders in the 2024 Stanley Cup odds, relied on their top scorers to take a 1-0 series lead. Sam Reinhart, who finished the regular season with 57 goals, opened the Game 1 scoring. Matthew Tkachuk, who led the Panthers with 62 assists, had two points, including one goal.

Florida is tough to beat when all their big guns are firing. This especially holds true if goalie Sergei Bobrovsky continues his impressive play. “Bob” turned away 17 of 19 shots in Game 1 and is now 37-17-4 this season, including playoffs. Expect him to be much busier on Tuesday.

Carter Verhaeghe might be the unsung hero on the Panthers, as he scored again in Game 1 to give him 16 career playoff goals – a Panthers record. He finished second on the team, with 34 goals during the regular season and should be a factor during the Cats’ 2024 postseason run.

Lightning vs Panthers Game 2 Prediction

Given how tight Game 1 was played, we believe there’s some value on Tampa Bay to even the series on Tuesday. They matched up well at 5-on-5 with the Panthers and scored once with their league-leading power play. Furthermore, Vasilevskiy after a playoff loss is something special.

Although the Cats took Game 1, they are still just 2-5 in their last seven home games against Tampa Bay. It wouldn’t surprise us if Paul Maurice’s team takes a 2-0 series lead, but we think the best betting value for this game is on the Bolts ML, as they’ve shown they won’t go away quietly.

TBL vs FLA Game 2 Pick:

  • Lightning ML (+150)
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