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Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction & Preview

Florida Panthers vs Tampa Bay Lightning 2019-02-10 NHL,

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Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 6:05pm
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Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers
When and Where: Sunday, Feb. 10, BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla., 6:05 p.m.
Already the first team in the NHL to 40 wins, the Tampa Bay Lightning look to run their point streak to six games Sunday when they face their in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lightning looking to pad lead atop Atlantic

Tampa Bay (40-11-4) continues to have the most points in the NHL and added another two to that league-leading total after edging Pittsburgh 5-4 on Saturday night and becoming the fourth-fastest team in league history to 40 wins, accomplishing the feat in 55 games.
Tyler Johnson and J.T. Miller scored third-period goals for the Lightning, who are 3-0-2 in their last five games and are 13 points clear of Toronto in the Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay, which also leads the NHL with 208 goals, also got back to its offensive ways with its first five-goal effort since a 6-3 win over San Jose on Jan. 19.
All that offense came without leading scorer Nikita Kucherov — who was a minus-4 — registering a point. Kucherov has an NHL-best 81 points but only six assists in his last 10 games.
Coach Jon Cooper has not officially named a starter for this game, which means Andrei Vasilevskiy could be back in net after making 28 saves. He turned aside 42 shots and two shootout attempts in a 2-1 win over Florida on Oct. 6 and has won five of his last six starts against the Panthers.
Vasilevskiy is 6-3-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average lifetime versus Florida.

Panthers try to complete high-profile weekend sweep

While the Panthers (22-22-8) are likely going to miss the playoffs for a third straight season, they do have a chance to complete an impressive three-game sweep of quality opponents after a 5-4 overtime win at Stanley Cup champion Washington on Wednesday night.
Mike Hoffman‘s power-play goal 91 seconds into the extra period gave Florida the second point after it squandered a two-goal lead in the final 13:48 of regulation. Keith Yandle added a goal and assisted on the game-winner for the Panthers, who started this three-game gauntlet with a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
“We get in trouble when we look too big picture,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner told the team’s official website. “We know the position we’re in. Obviously we’re scoreboard watching every night. We’re just trying to take it one game at a time. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but the minute we start talking about how many games we have, how many wins we need, that’s when we get in trouble.”
Roberto Luongo could be back between the pipes after making 26 saves versus the Capitals for his fourth win in five starts. The veteran netminder has lost a pair of games to Tampa Bay this season and was chased in the third period of a 7-3 loss Nov. 21 after letting up six goals on 28 shots.
Luongo is 0-2-1 with a 4.57 GAA in his last four appearances versus the Lightning, giving up four or more goals in his three starts, and is 18-17-2 with two ties, four shutouts and a 2.62 GAA lifetime versus Tampa Bay.

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