Five of the last six meetings between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers have gone past regulation, and that's been mostly beneficial to Florida.
The Lightning play their home opener at the refurbished St. Pete Times Forum on Monday night as they try to avenge a loss to the Panthers two nights earlier.
Florida (2-1-0) welcomed Tampa Bay (1-2-2) for its home opener Saturday and came away with a 3-2 shootout victory. The Panthers have won four of the last five matchups that have gone past regulation, including three of four shootouts.
"We'll take that extra point and put it in the bank," Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski said. "They're huge right now, these points."
It was a frustrating loss for Tampa Bay, which missed all three attempts in the shootout and is 0 for 5 on shootout attempts this season. The Lightning have dropped six of their last seven shootouts.
Marc-Andre Bergeron scored both goals Saturday for Tampa Bay, which is eager to get home after losing its las...