The Panthers returned victoriously after a long pause due to the postponement of matches due to a large positive test for coronavirus among league players. Florida recently defeated the Rangers, ending their streak of three defeats in a row.
Tampa has a much nicer streak – four wins in a row. True, in their last game the reigning champions had to tinker with Montreal (5: 4OT), which is now going through hard times and is at the end of the tournament table.
Bookmakers see Florida as the favorite and give the odds of 2.09 for their victory, and 2.98 for Tampa.
Bet to win
It makes sense to trust the bookmakers and Florida, because Tampa is now in a real crisis. A number of important hockey players are absent due to injuries. The main loss of the champions before the meeting with the Floridians is the goalkeeper Andrey Vasilevsky, who was eliminated due to illness. There will also be no backup of Russian Brian Elliot, that is, someone inexperienced from the farm club will play.
The main blow due to injuries and illnesses is precisely on defense. Mikhail Sergachev and Eric Chernyak will not play, the latter has been absent for so long due to injury.
The Panthers have some casualties, but not so critical. The leaders are in the squad, the goalkeepers are ready. The Lightning will have a very difficult time, but Florida is clearly in a better position.
Florida win by 2.09.