4:35 p.m. PT at Tampa Bay
Lightning -145 vs Panthers (5½)
Slim pickings on this Tuesday NHL card except for the Florida Shootout between the Lightning and Panthers. Both teams are at the bottom of the Southeast Division led by Washington with 23 points. Tampa Bay at 5-12-5 has 15 points, while Florida at 6-11-1 has 13. It’s no wonder that the Lightning fired their coach Barry Melrose last week.
Tampa Bay lost in overtime to Carolina in the first game under new coach Rick Tocchet. We figure the Lightning will be inspired in Tocchet’s home opener and goalie Mike Smith has been hot in the nets, posting a 2.42 goals against average. The Panthers are just 2-8-1 on the road, which makes the reasonable -145 price just right to take a shot with the home guys. LIGHTNING.