Preview: Tampa Bay at Florida

When: 5:00 PM  ET, Sunday, March 1, 2015
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida
Matchup Edge
TB Edge in: FLA
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs

The Tampa Bay Lightning play 15 of their final 19 regular-season games against Atlantic Division rivals, starting Sunday with a trip south to take on the Florida Panthers. The Lightning survived a brutal February schedule against all Western Conference opponents, finishing with a 6-4-2 record after posting a 4-0 triumph over Chicago on Friday. The Panthers snapped a four-game losing streak (0-3-1) with a 5-3 victory over Buffalo on Saturday as future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr made his debut with his eighth NHL team.

Jagr was acquired from New Jersey on Thursday and didn’t have a point against the Sabres, but Florida recorded more goals than it did in its previous four games combined. The Panthers are four points behind Boston for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and face Tampa Bay for the first time since a 3-2 overtime loss in their season opener. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos has scored six goals in his last seven games and has 22 in 32 career meetings with Florida.

TV: 5 p.m. ET, Sun Sports (Tampa Bay), FSN Florida

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (38-19-6): With a little more rest over the last two weeks, Ben Bishop has raised his game to a higher level, going 4-0-0 with a .955 save percentage in his last four outings. Tampa Bay, which still is without injured top-six defensemen Radko Gudas and Matt Carle, has allowed 28 shots or fewer in five straight games and is among the league’s best at 27.6 against per contest. Tyler Johnson has recorded 11 points in his last 11 games to reach 60 for the first time in his brief career.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (27-22-13): Jagr played on a line with 19-year-old Aleksander Barkov and 21-year-old Jonathan Huberdeau, registering three shots on goal in 17:09. “He was outstanding,” coach Gerard Gallant told reporters. “He makes your team a lot better, gives your team a lot of confidence.” Leading scorer Nick Bjugstad (22 goals, 15 assists) tallied to end a five-game point drought and Brandon Pirri returned from a nine-game absence due to an upper-body injury to score twice against Buffalo.


1. Tampa Bay RW Ryan Callahan is one tally shy of the fourth 20-goal season of his career and first since 2011-12. 

2. Florida G Al Montoya is expected to be in net after No. 1 Roberto Luongo earned his 23rd victory Saturday.

3. Tampa Bay is 11-2-2 against Atlantic rivals while the Panthers are 10-3-4. 

PREDICTION: Lightning 4, Panthers 3

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Tampa Bay 38-19-2-4 W1 23-6-0-1 15-13-2-3 2-2-0-0 36-17-2-4 11-2-0-2
Florida 27-22-4-9 W1 13-9-0-6 14-13-4-3 4-2-0-2 23-20-4-7 10-3-3-1

Last Meeting

Tampa Bay Florida
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/9/14 FLA 2 TB 3 32 19 3-7 21 29 0-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
TB V. Filppula 2
FLA B. Campbell 1
Goals Player  
TB R. Callahan 1
FLA E. Gudbranson 1
Assists Player  
TB V. Filppula 2
FLA B. Campbell 1
Saves Player  
TB B. Bishop 19
FLA R. Luongo 29
Total Points Player  
TB T. Johnson 60
FLA N. Bjugstad 37
Goals Player  
TB S. Stamkos 34
FLA N. Bjugstad 22
Assists Player  
TB T. Johnson 37
FLA J. Jokinen 28
Saves Player  
TB B. Bishop 1128
FLA R. Luongo 1358

Quickchart Matchup

Tampa Bay Off vs  Florida Def
3.25 GF
2.68 GA
29.6 Shots
30.1 Shots
39 PP
40 PK
Florida Off vs  Tampa Bay Def
2.32 GF
2.59 GA
31.1 Shots
27.6 Shots
29 PP
32 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 115 -135
Offshore Odds 145 -165
5.5 145 -165
5.5 145 -165
Top Bet 145 -165
5.5 143
BetDSI 140 -165
5.5 OFF OFF OFF 139 -171
BookMaker 140 -165
Vegas Odds
Westgate Las Vegas Superbook 150 -160
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Tampa Bay Overall Florida
38-19-2-4 W/L 27-22-4-9
31-32 ATS 34-28
35-28 O/U 24-29
3.25 Goals For 2.32
2.59 Goals Agnst 2.68
Tampa Bay A/H Florida
15-13-2-3 W/L 13-9-0-6
20-13 ATS 13-15
22-11 O/U 11-12
3.12 Goals For 2.46
3.03 Goals Agnst 2.54