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Saturday's top NHL bet by handicapper LightningLockz. He previews and breaks down Game 3 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers Prediction: Can the Panthers Light the Lamp in Game 3?

Let's get into our prediction, picks, and odds for Game 3 between the Panthers and Lightning.

Lightning vs. Panthers Game 3 Start Time and Where to Watch

Date: May 19, 2022

When: 1:30 PM ET

Where to Watch: TNT

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers Game 3 Prediction

The battle of Florida has been one-sided as the Lightning are going for a three-peat against the Panthers, who can't seem to get past the Lightning in the playoffs. Today, we have an early afternoon battle as they switch locations to Tampa from Sunrise, Florida. Will it be deja vu from last year or not? This is precisely what happened last season, and last season the Panthers delivered down 2-0 and won Game 3 and made the series previous six games. Can the Panthers do what they did last year and make this a series and win Game 3. The question that needs to be answered is; can the high-flying number one offense who averaged over four goals a game and over thirty-seven shots a game show up in Tampa because it didn't happen in Sunrise.

The Lightning are trying to become a dynasty. It's not often you win back-to-back titles in any sport, but winning three in a row is unheard of today. The Lightning are very close to getting to the Finals, and if they get there, it would be quite the accomplishment. The surprise for the Lightning has been Nikita Kucherov, who only played 47 games this season, yet in the playoffs, he has been their leading scorer with eleven points. Kucherov is turning into Mr. May as he has been their leading scorer in the last two postseasons. Florida needs to stop Kucherov if they want to win today.

Florida has one mindset: to win one game at a time. Florida's interim coach said it best: "Just win one," Brunette said. "That's the mindset. All you can worry about is one game. It's a great opportunity to go on the road, maybe relax a little bit, and play hockey." A change of scenery may be just what Florida needs as all the pressure has been on them at home, and going on the road may be what they need. The third and fourth lines have been shaken up, but certain players who had great regular seasons need to step up in the playoffs, sort of like how the Avalanche players did last night. In the regular season, the staff singled out two players, Jonathan Huberdeau and Sam Reinhart. Huberdeau led the league in assists, and he was only second in scoring to the best scorer the NHL has in MR. Mcdavid from the Oilers. The Panthers are also missing Mason Marchment for a fifth game, but this team has its backs to the wall, and we expect them to play their best game and score more than one goal.

It seems like this Florida team has to be down before getting up. They pulled this same thing against the Capitals and came back and won the series. We expect deja vu from last year as Florida was down 2-0 and won game three last year, and they should do it again this year. They are favored, and we agree that Florida must win this game or Florida gets swept, and this team is too good to get swept. Florida will score today, and they will make this a series. Lay the -110 as Florida repeats last year's performance this year.

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