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Friday night in the NHL features a massive Eastern Conference clash when the Tampa Bay Lighting battle the Florida Panthers on ESPN+ Hockey Night. Handicapper Matt McCuen is here with his best NHL bet for Friday.
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Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Pick, Odds: Should We Expect a Defensive Battle?

Panthers vs. Lightning Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Friday, October 21, 2022
  • Start Time: 7:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+/Hulu

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Panthers vs. Lightning Prediction

The Tampa Bay Lighting and the Florida Panthers will meet up for a battle of the Sunshine State tonight. Florida comes into this game fresh off a win over the Flyers, and they represent a 3-1 record in the young season. Tampa enters play not having a strong start to their season, playing to the tune of a 1-3 record.

The Lightning has been the class of the Eastern Conference, as they have gone to three straight Stanley Cups. They will have their eyes on another this season, and they have the team to get back. Florida, on the other hand, has enjoyed the regular season success, but they have struggled come playoffs. They also have a team that is talented enough to make a run at the cup, and they are considered one of the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference. This is a team that has it all, but they need to learn how to win the big games come playoff time. The Panthers did win their first playoff series since 1996 last year, so they have something to build on coming into this year. The Panthers enter play tonight as a slight home favorite. 

I am taking the under tonight, which I have at seven on Barstool Sportsbook. Listen, these are two of the best offensive teams in hockey, there is no doubt about that, but they also have two of the better defenses in the game, and Tampa has the best goalie in the NHL, in my eyes. This is a total that is a tick too high for me, so I will ride the under at seven. Let's improve to 10-2 in the NHL season! 

Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Pick

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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