Panthers vs Lightning Game 2 Prediction NHL Playoffs 4/23

Panthers vs Lightning Game 2 Prediction NHL Playoffs 4/23

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Preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers Prediction

 

Tampa Bay Lightning

Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning, with a regular season record of 45-29-8, seek redemption against the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of the East 1st Round series at Amerant Bank Arena. Here's a preview of the matchup, featuring player stats, recent team performances, and predictions for the game scheduled on April 23, 2024, at 4:30 PM.

Team Overview

After a narrow loss in Game 1, the Lightning aim to bounce back and level the series against the Panthers. With a potent offensive lineup led by Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, the Lightning will look to capitalize on scoring opportunities and improve defensively to secure a victory.

 

Goaltender Comparison

Name Wins L OTL SO GA/G SV%
A. Vasilevskiy 30 20 2 2 2.90 .900
J. Johansson 12 7 5 2 3.37 .890

Scoring Leaders

Nikita Kucherov leads the Lightning in points with an impressive 144, while Brayden Point leads in goals scored with 46.

Injury Report

  • Haydn Fleury (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 23)
  • Jonas Johansson (G) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 23)
  • Tyler Motte (C) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Luke Glendening (C) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Victor Hedman (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)

Team Stats

Category Value
GF/G 3.51
GA/G 3.26

Recent Performances

The Lightning will look to bounce back from their recent loss to the Panthers and improve their overall performance.

 

Florida Panthers

Preview

The Florida Panthers, holding a regular season record of 52-24-6, aim to extend their series lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 at Amerant Bank Arena. Here's a preview of the upcoming game, featuring player stats, recent team performances, and expectations for the match scheduled on April 23, 2024, at 4:30 PM.

Team Overview

With a solid victory in Game 1, the Panthers aim to maintain their momentum and secure another win against the Lightning. Led by Sam Reinhart and Sergei Bobrovsky, the Panthers boast a potent offense and strong defensive presence, aiming to capitalize on their home advantage and take a commanding lead in the series.

Goaltender Comparison

Name Wins L OTL SO GA/G SV%
S. Bobrovsky 36 17 4 6 2.37 .915
A. Stolarz 16 7 2 2 2.03 .925

Scoring Leaders

Sam Reinhart leads the Panthers in points with an impressive 94, while also leading in goals scored with 57.

Injury Report

  • Aaron Ekblad (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Aleksander Barkov (C) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Carter Verhaeghe (C) - Out (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Steven Lorentz - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)

Team Stats

Category Value
GF/G 3.23
GA/G 2.42

Recent Performances

The Panthers have been in solid form recently, securing victories against opponents like the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres.

 

Prediction

Given the offensive firepower of both teams and their recent performances, coupled with the intensity of playoff hockey, the prediction for Game 2 between the Lightning and the Panthers is for the total goals to be over 5.5. Expect an action-packed matchup with plenty of scoring opportunities for both sides, resulting in a high-scoring affair.

 

Pick: Over 5.5 goals (-125)

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