The high-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning are unbeaten at home and full of confidence.
The low-scoring Florida Panthers have been abysmal in four straight defeats, although they are getting some badly needed help.
These Southeast Division rivals meet for the first time Tuesday night, with the visiting Panthers expecting Kris Versteeg to make his season debut.
Florida (1-4-0) won the division a season ago and Tampa Bay (4-1-0) finished 10 points back in third, but they are on opposite ends of it now.
Tampa Bay cruised to a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. Martin St. Louis contributed four assists and Steven Stamkos took his season total to 10 points with a goal and an assist.
The Lightning are the highest scoring team in the NHL at 4.8 goals per game.
"When you get a little confidence going, as our offensive players have right now, you try to run with it," Stamkos said. "We know, once we get on a roll, we're a tough team to beat."
The Panthers celebrated their first divisio...