Florida will face Tampa at home on 13 February and will try to secure a victory over the Lightning. However, how will Tampa react to the defeat?
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa extended their streak to six wins and were in great shape and were considered the favorite in the previous match. But the team allowed the opponent a lot in their own zone. Even Jon Cooper, the head coach of the Lightning, remarked that they “played slow” and “shot little on goal.”
Before the match against Florida, Tampa literally defeated Nashville 6-1 and 4-1 away, respectively. Cooper will be able to draw the right conclusions after the defeat and set up the team for the return match, because he knows how to do it like no other.
Florida is the second in the Central Division and has 18 points, so it’s already close to Tampa. The team finished almost all the matches with a difference of one goal and even played uncertainly against Detroit, losing in one of the matches to the Wings with a score of 1:4.
However, in the confrontation with Tampa, the Panthers opened up and scored five goals in total, and conceded only two in response. The team conceded goals only in the minority, as they were often removed, and the defense is clearly not its strongest side.
If Tampa is more active in the upcoming match, it will be very difficult for Florida to hold back the defense, because defense is a weak point for the Panthers. We think that Jon Cooper and his team will draw the right conclusions after the defeat, and Lightning will win.
Our prediction is a win for Tampa with a handicap (0) at 1.70.