Panthers and Lightning have played lots of close games in their recent past.
The Florida hockey rivalry is hardly one of the better known ones in the league, but that hasn't kept it from being particularly contentious. Five of their past six meeting shave gone past regulation and four of them have gone into shootouts, including a Panthers win two day ago.
The Panthers have gotten to 2-1-0 mainly with defense. Jose Theodore has a 1.97 goals against average with a .930 save percentage.
The Lightning have really struggled defensively their 1-2-2 start. The Lightning are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are surrendering 38 shots per contest.
Game Date/Time: Monday, October 17, 7:30 P.M. ET
Venue: St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida
TV: Sun (local - both markets)
Odds: Panthers +140 to win; Lightning -140 to win.