We will have some Game 3 Eastern Conference Semifinals action on Sunday afternoon as we have the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning squaring off inside of Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida. This game can really zap all hope from the Florida Panthers as they lost the first two games at home in this series and go into a hostile crowd. The puck drops at 130pm EST.
Beast in the EastThe Florida Panthers have been dominant so far as they need to pick up a huge Game 3 win to avoid being on the brink of elimination. They are being led by left winger Jonathan Huberdeaui so far and has scored just four points (one goal, three assists) thus far up to this point of the postseason. They are coming off a 2-1 home loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The biggest positive was the fact they were able to win 56.8 percent of the face-offs throughout the game.
Leading the offense in the game was center Eetu Luostarinen, as he finished with a goal and was one of three players to record a point. The defense needs to improve here as they are allowing 30.8 shots against them and are giving up 3.13 goals per game, which is seventh in the NHL Playoffs. This defense needs to continue stepping up if they want to avoid a brutal 3-0 series deficit.
Champa Bay?The Tampa Bay Lightning must have a sweep on the mind as they went on the road and won the first two games of the series. They are being led by center Steven Stamkos so far and he has been doing pretty well as he scored six points so far during the playoffs. They are coming off a 2-1 road win against the Florida Panthers. Their biggest positive was their ability to kill all four power plays against them during Game 2.
Leading their scoring output in the game was left winger Ross Colton, who scored a goal in the game and was one of six players to score any points during this game. The defense has been playing at an okay level as they are allowing 31.8 shots and are giving up 2.89 goals per game, which is sixth in the playoffs. If the defense can continue playing as well as they have been this series.
- Tampa Bay: 6-0 in their last 6 Sunday games
- Tampa Bay: 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog
- Florida: 1-5 in their last 6 games vs Atlantic