Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers Preview and Game Day Thread: “complete and utter confidence,” says Cooper

Second chance to close out the series. Don’t let there be a third.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers: ROUND 1, GAME 6
Time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time
Location: Amalie Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: CNBC, TVAS2, BSSUN, BSFL, SN360
Opponent SBNation Site: Litter Box Cats

Let’s start with the quote. After losing Game 5 by failing to meet the intensity brough by the desperate Panthers, Lightning coach Jon Cooper has “complete and utter confidence” his team will be able to close out this series. While he doesn’t go on to guarantee the series will be closed out tonight, we sure hope this thing doesn’t go to seven games.

The Lightning were the slower team in Game 5, lacking the urgency to dictate the pace of play, and getting caught flat-footed for penalties that ultimately was the team’s undoing. The Lightning had a good start to the game last time, but the issue was keeping that energy up throughout the rest of the night. That’ll be a key to win.

Yesterday was an optional practice for the team, with scratches and only a couple regulars on the ice. The main development was the return of Barclay Goodrow to regular jersey status. Whether this means he’s in tonight or not, we’ll have to see at morning skate. At the very least he’ll be a game-time decision.

Everyone on the roster seems more-or-less healthy and the team doesn’t have any suspensions to deal with, so expect the same 11/7 lineup as Monday night to go again. Ditto for the Panthers, who would be silly not to run Spencer Knight again.

Tampa Bay Lightning Lines

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Steven Stamkos
Ross Colton - Yanni Gourde - Blake Coleman
Pat Maroon - Tyler Johnson
Scratched: Mathieu Joseph

Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev - David Savard
Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Florida Panthers Lines

Carter Verhaeghe - Aleksander Barkov - Mason Marchment
Jonathan Huberdeau - Sam Bennett - Owen Tippett
Frank Vatrano - Alex Wennberg - Patric Hörnqvist
Ryan Lomberg - Noel Acciari - Anthony Duclair

MacKenzie Weegar - Anton Stralman
Gustav Forsling - Radko Gudas
Keith Yandle - Brandon Montour

Spencer Knight
Chris Driedger