Tampa Bay takes a 2-0 lead in Game 3 against Florida


Florida Panthers (58-18-6, first in the Atlantic Division) v. Tampa Bay Lightning (51-23-8, third in the Atlantic Division)

Tampa, Florida; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Panthers -114, Lightning -106; plus/minus is 6.5

NHL PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND: 2-0 Lightning Series Lead

BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Florida Panthers in the second round of the NHL playoffs with a 2-0 series lead. The teams meet Thursday for the sixth time this season. The Lightning won the previous game 2-1.

Tampa Bay is 13-8-3 in the Atlantic Division and 51-23-8 overall. The Lightning have a +57 differential, with a total of 285 goals scored and 228 abandoned.

Florida is 16-2-2 against the Atlantic Division and 58-18-6 overall. The Panthers are 26-5-2 in games where they have fewer penalties than their opponent.

GREAT PERFORMANCES: Brandon Hagel scored 26 goals with 18 assists for the Lightning. Corey Perry has five goals and one assist in the last 10 games.

Jonathan Huberdeau has 30 goals and 85 assists for the Panthers. Carter Verhaeghe has scored eight goals with six assists in the last 10 games.

LAST 10 MATCHES: Lightning: 7-3-0, averaged 3.5 goals, 5.5 assists, 4.8 penalties and 13.1 penalty minutes while allowing 2.8 goals per game.

Panthers: 5-5-0, averaging 2.8 goals, five assists, 4.8 penalties and 10.2 penalty minutes while allowing 3.3 goals per game.

INJURIES: Lightning: Brayden Point: day to day (lower body).

Panthers: Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed), Jonas Johansson: out (covid-19), march of the masons: day to day (lower body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data write and data from sports radar.

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