Tampa Bay Lightning Facing Elimination Today


The Tampa Bay Lightning, who have been to three of the past four Stanley Cup Finals, face elimination today in their first-round playoff series against in-state rival, the Florida Panthers. The Tampa Bay Lightning have dropped the first three games of the series to Florida. The Panthers won a pair of 3-2 games in the first two and won 5-3 in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

What may save the Tampa Bay Lightning from elimination today is the fact that they are playing at home. They did lose Game 3 at home, but the Lightning did have one of the better home records in the NHL this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning were 25-11-5 at home during the regular season. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Facing Elimination Today
The Tampa Bay Lightning went 25-11-5 at Amalie Arena this season.

What’s interesting is that the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in two of three regular season games this year. Both of those games were in Tampa. Can the Lightning stave off elimination and force a Game 5 back in Miami? The Tampa Bay Lightning have one win against the Panthers this year and that came on March 16 in Miami.

History Not With Tampa Bay Lightning

In the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs, there have been 209 occurrences of teams facing a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series. Only four times has the team down 3-0 come back to win. The Tampa Bay Lightning have never done it.

The most recent occurrence came in 2014 in the Western Conference’s first round. The Los Angeles Kings trailed the San Jose Sharks 3-0. The Kings would go on to win four straight and take the series from the Sharks. Then, they would go on to win the Stanley Cup. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Facing Elimination Today
The 2014 Kings were the last team to come back from a 3-0 deficit in an NHL playoff series.

Could the Tampa Bay Lightning join the Kings, Flyers, Islanders, and Maple Leafs as the only teams to come back from a 3-0 deficit? What’s more important for our Sports Hub members is how to bet on today’s game. One thing you’ll want to check is how the public and how the sharps see this game. You can do that by visiting the picks database and clicking on the Consensus tab.

More Winning Picks on Yesterday’s Leaderboard

Another day, more winning picks on the Sports Hub leaderboard. Scott’s Picks has been rolling as of late and Scott was the big winner yesterday. Six picks, six wins, and $600 for Scott’s Picks. 

Yesterday’s Top 5 included Geovanny Araya, our resident soccer guy, Madjack Sports, William Taylor, and Ross Walker. These are all familiar names to anyone who has been a Sports Hub member for a while. Our expert cappers continue to produce wins and they’ll continue to do so in the future.

Let’s take a look at yesterday.

Tampa Bay Lightning Facing Elimination Today
Yesterday’s Top 5
  • Big dog: Scott’s Picks went 6-0 on a combination of MLB and NBA picks. The total profit taken in was $600. That gives Scott $888 over the last three days and $1171 over the last seven. He’s also our No. 2 basketball capper over the last week with $780 in hoops’ profits.
  • Soccer dog: Geovanny Araya nailed all three of his picks, two at plus money, and walked home with $404 in winnings. Geo wins a ton of soccer bets. If that’s your gig, he’s your guy.
  • Mad dog: Our friends at Madjack Sports got back into the action with a one-and-done. How about the White Sox at +205 to beat Tampa Bay? Well, Madjack called it and took home profits of $205. Nice call, boys!
  • Expert dogs: William Taylor and Ross Walker are no strangers to the top of the Sports Hub leaderboard. Both experts went 2-0 yesterday and won $200 in the process.

Wins, Wins, and More Wins

While our handicappers were piling up the wins, there were some NFL teams picking up some wins at the 2024 NFL draft. Indiana and Dallas picked up wins in their NBA playoff series and the Tampa Bay Lightning could use a win today to stay alive in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

What’s trending today?

  • Pacers win in OT: Tyrese Haliburton’s three-point play was the difference in Indiana’s 121-118 win over Milwaukee last night. The Pacers now lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 in Indiana tomorrow.
  • Wide receivers win: Seven wide receivers were picked in the first round of the NFL draft. On Day 2, the first pick of Rounds 2 and 3 was a wide receiver. Round 2 saw four more receivers selected and five went in Round 3.
  • Panthers win: Florida holds a 3-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning. It doesn’t look good for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Florida has won the season series in each of the last four campaigns. Game 4 of their first-round playoff series is today.

Stellar Saturday Sports Schedule

What a day! There are a ton of opportunities today for bettors. The Sports Hub picks database is already starting to fill up with picks. We’ve got a full slate of MLB games as well as the NBA and NHL playoffs. Saturday is always a huge soccer day and, of course, it’s UFC Fight Night. Oh, and don’t forget, there’s even some Saturday football!

Here’s today’s schedule.

  1. MLB: You gotta love some early season weekend baseball. The Dodgers and Blue Jays get it all going at 3:07 p.m. when Tyler Glasnow takes on Toronto’s Yusei Kikuchi. Arizona and Seattle close out the day at 9:40 p.m. on a game that will be televised by FS1.
  2. NBA playoffs: Big day in the NBA playoffs. Denver can end it all tonight with a fourth straight win over the Lakers. Cleveland is up 2-1 on Orlando but lost Game 3 by 38 points. The Thunder can go up 3-0 with another win over New Orleans and Boston looks to rebound from its Game 2 loss to Miami.
  3. MLS: Saturday at this time of year always means MLS. There are 14 matches today, including Inter Miami CF and Lionel Messi at the New England Revolution. 
  1. NHL playoffs: The Tampa Bay Lightning will try and stay alive in Game 4 against the Florida Panthers today at 5 p.m. The Panthers lead that series 3-0. Carolina can end its series with the New York Islanders today too. Boston is up 2-1 on Toronto and the teams play Game 4 tonight. Vegas returns home tonight after winning the first two games of its series in Dallas.
  2. Soccer: In addition to MLS, the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, and Ligue 1 all have matches today. The English League Championship and English League Two both have big schedules today.
  3. PGA Tour: Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry are one of three teams tied for the lead at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Round 3 is today and the team of McIlroy/Lowry tees off at 12:35 p.m.
  4. UFL: Ahhh, football on Saturday. The UFL has two games today. San Antonio plays Arlington in an all-Texas showdown. Birmingham takes on Houston in the other game today.
  5. UFC Fight Night: Tonight’s main event is a flyweight bout between Matheus Nicolau (19-4-1) and Alex Perez (24-8). 
  6. Tennis: The men continue Round 2 play in the Mutua Madrid Open while the women move on to Round 3. Men’s No. 1 seed Jannick Sinner won his Round 2 match earlier today.

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