The Tampa Bay Lightning are within one victory from sweeping the Florida Panthers in Round 2. Despite the Panthers finally scoring on the power play, it wasn’t enough to compete with the Lightning’s offensive onslaught. They’ll look to avoid being the second team to be swept in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is where you’ll find everything, including team win odds, the over/under, and point spreads.
Nikita Kucherov – Player Points (Over 1.5, +150)
Going back to the well for a second consecutive game, Nikita Kucherov is a good gamble for another multi-point night. He exploded for four points in Tampa Bay’s 5-1 win in Game 3, and he feeds off the energy from the home crowd. There were countless moments in the game where he probably could have added another point or two. He’s hitting another level in each game, and he’s continuing to find his name on the scoresheet.
While his goal was scored into an empty net, all five of Tampa Bay’s goals came at even strength. Kucherov has some unlikely chemistry with Corey Perry as well as they’ve connected a few times already for a goal in this series. Whether it’s on the man advantage or 5-on-5, Kucherov is money when it comes to finding a player that can pile up points. He may be one of the biggest reasons the Panthers get swept tonight.
Victor Hedman – Player Power Play Points (Over 0.5, +100)
Coming into Game 4 tonight, Victor Hedman already has two power-play points in this series. Game 3 was an exception, with all five of Tampa Bay’s goals coming at even strength, but don’t expect that to repeat much. The Lightning’s offense is unbelievable on its own merit, but on the man advantage, it’s a well-oiled machine. Betting on Hedman to get one point while on the power play feels like a safe bet, especially in a game where Florida’s aspirations to win a Stanley Cup are on the line.
In last year’s postseason, Hedman pelted the Panthers in Round 1, finishing with seven power-play points in six games. If the Lightning can get their cycle game going and force the Panthers into taking a few stick infractions, it may be all he needs to meet these odds. Whether he blasts one from the point or sets up one of Kucherov or Steven Stamkos, Hedman’s chances of putting up some numbers are very plausible.
Carter Verhaeghe – Player Assists (Over 0.5, +180)
The Panthers are in some hot water, and if they hope to avoid being thunderstruck, their leading scorer, Carter Verhaeghe, will need to get going. Since putting up 12 points in Round 1 against the Washington Capitals, Verhaeghe has gone completely silent. In fairness, so has the rest of the Panthers team, scoring just three goals in three games and failing to figure out a way to get under Andrei Vasilevskiy’s skin.
If there’s a time Verhaeghe can get going, it’s in an elimination game. He scored the game-deciding goal in Game 6 against the Capitals and registered four multi-point performances. While players like Aleksander Barkov, Claude Giroux, and Sam Bennett can all afford to improve, Verhaeghe is the player to watch out for. The odds for him picking up at least one assist are appealing and worth the risk if you have some extra change to spare.
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