Panthers vs. Lightning: 2021 NHL 1st Round Preview

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Who Will Win the 1st Round Series: Panthers or Lightning? When Does Game 1 of the Series Start? 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview!

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Panthers vs. Lightning: 2021 NHL 1st Round Preview

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2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st Round: Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Series Start Times for All Seven Games:

Game 1-Sunday, May 16, 2021 (7:30 P.M. EDT/4:30 P.M. PDT on NBC Sports Network)

Game 2-Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (8:00 P.M. EDT/5:00 P.M. PDT on CNBC)

Game 3-Thursday, May 20, 2021 (6:30 P.M. EDT/3:30 P.M. PDT on TBA)

Game 4-Saturday, May 22, 2021 (12:30 P.M. EDT/9:30 A.M. PDT on CNBC)

*Game 5-Monday, May 24, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

*Game 6-Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

Do or Die Game 7-Friday, May 28, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

Series Location: BB&T Center-Sunrise, Florida (Games 1, 2, 5, 7) & Amalie Arena-Tampa, Florida (Games 3, 4, 6)

2020-2021 Regular Season Series: Panthers Won the Regular Season Series vs. Lightning 5-3

Most Recent Playoff Meeting: 1st Ever Postseason Meeting

Florida Panthers (37-14-5)-#2 Seed in the Central

  • Back-to-Back Playoff Appearances for the 1st Time Since 1996 & 1997
  • First Postseason Meeting vs. Lightning
  • Has Not Won a Playoff Series Since 1996 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Penguins
  • Looking for 1st Stanley Cup Finals Appearance Since 1996
  • Has Not Won the Stanley Cup in Franchise History
  • 4th Playoff Appearance Since 2010

Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-3)-#3 Seed in the Central

  • 4th Consecutive Playoff Appearance Dating Back to 2018
  • Lighting are the Defending Stanley Cup Champions
  • 1st Postseason Meeting vs. Panthers
  • Have Only Lost in the First Round Twice over the Past 10 Years (2014 and 2019)
  • Looking to Become the 1st Repeat Stanley Cup Champions Since…
  • …the 2016 & 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 8th Playoff Appearance Since 2010

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Top Players to Watch in Panthers vs. Lightning Series (2020-2021 Regular Season Statistics)

Florida Panthers

  • G Sergei Bobrovsky: 19-8-2 Record, 0.906 Save %, 2.91 G.A.A.
  • C Aleksander Barkov: 26 Goals & 32 Assists (58 Points)
  • C Alex Wennberg: 17 Goals & 12 Assists (29 Points)
  • RW Anthony Duclair: 10 Goals & 22 Assists (32 Points)
  • LW Frank Vatrano: 18 Goals & 8 Assists (26 Points)

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • G Andrei Vasilevskiy: 31-10-1 Record, 0.925 Save %, 2.21 G.A.A.
  • RW Steven Stamkos: 17 Goals & 17 Assists (34 Points)
  • LW Alex Killorn: 15 Goals & 18 Assists (33 Points)
  • D Victor Hedman: 9 Goals & 36 Assists (45 Points)
  • C Brayden Point: 23 Goals & 25 Assists (48 Points)

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Official Panthers vs. Lightning: 2021 NHL Playoffs 1st Round Prediction

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