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Game Six Caterwaul: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning

Cats look to stay alive and get back home for Game 7

NHL: MAY 22 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round - Panthers at Lightning Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Panthers ​at Lightning

  • WHEN: 8 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
  • ON THE TUBE: CNBC, Bally Sports Florida, Bally Sports SUN
  • ON THE DIAL: 560 WQAM (D/B), 850 WFLT (PB), 1370 WAXE (TC), Thunder 100.3 (Keys)
  • SOCIALS: #FlaPanthers, #GoBolts, #FLAvsTBL, @LitterBoxCats, LBC FaceBook
  • ENEMY INTEL: Raw Charge
  • FLA IN SEASON SERIES: Game 6 of Best-of-7 (Lightning leads 3-2)
  • LAST MEETING: @FLA 4, TBL 1 - (Recap) - 5/24/2021
  • NEXT MEETING: May 28, 2021 (if necessary)
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Knight (1-0 .973/ 1.01 0SO) vs Vasilevskiy (3-2 .919/ 3.16 0SO)
  • PLAYER STATS: Florida / Tampa Bay

Scouting Report

One of the most exciting series in the first round of the NHL Playoffs reaches Game 6 on Wednesday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning, leading the series 3-2, host the Florida Panthers. The Panthers won Game 5 4-1 to force another game and it was all thanks to Spencer Knight who made his NHL debut in net for the Panthers and had 36 saves. The Panthers have been all offense in this series and it was nice to finally have a confident goalie to help them out on the back end. The Panthers have averaged 3.4 goals for in the first five games with their powerplay at 30 percent. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the league in playoff points with ten, while his line-mate Aleksander Barkov has seven points but only one goal. Barkov has taken 18 shots in the series and should have had a few more sneak in but he will be looking to use his speed to beat the aging Tampa Bay defensemen.

Tampa Bay thought they had this series wrapped up after taking three of the first four games, but they looked over-matched in Game 5. Victor Hedman has no goals in this series and is -2 while Mikhail Sergachev has only one point and is also -2. The Lightning have allowed the Panthers to average 39.6 shots per game and with Florida pressing in an elimination game they can find the back of the net in bunches to force a Game 7 at home.

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Wednesday in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Standings/Panthers Playoff Chances):

  • Game 6: Pittsburgh at New York Islanders 6:30 p.m. NBCSN (Islanders lead 3-2)
  • Game 6: Vegas at Minnesota 9 p.m. NBCSN (Golden Knights lead 3-2)

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