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How the public is betting Panthers vs. Lightning first round NHL playoff series

The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning face off in the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. We break down how the public is betting the series and Game 5.

Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning defends the net against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on May 10, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The No. 2 Florida Panthers and No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning square off on Sunday, May 16th to open their seven-game series for Round 1 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The winner advances to the second round of Stanley Cup Playoffs where they will face the winner of the Hurricanes-Predators series. The Panthers won five of the eight matchups between these two during the regular season.

Florida has home ice advantage in this series, but Tampa is a -152 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook to win the series. The betting public is split on this one with 56% of bets on the third-seeded Lightning but 60% of handle on the second-seeded Panthers. You can bet on the exact outcome of the series and the favorite is Tampa in six games at +400. That’s followed by Florida in seven and Tampa in five (both +525) and then Tampa in seven (+550).

Below is the Panthers-Lightning series schedule. We’ll be updating with daily betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for each game in the series.

No. 3 Tampa Bay Lightning win series 4-2 over No. 2 Florida Panthers

Game 1: Lightning 5, Panthers 4
Game 2: Lightning 3, Panthers 1
Game 3: Panthers 6, Lightning 5
Game 4: Lightning 6, Panthers 2
Game 5: Panthers 4, Lightning 1
Game 6: Lightning 4, Panthers 0

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