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CarltonTheBear:
It’s official – the @TBLightning and @FlaPanthers will go head-to-head in the #StanleyCup Playoffs for the first time.

The kicker? The Sunshine State foes still have two regular-season games against each other before starting their best-of-seven First Round series. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/3Wr9MV2zW4— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 8, 2021
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So we heard a few of you were asking about this…

Our #StanleyCup First Round schedule is officially here!

🗓 » https://t.co/AMtBTsO4bG pic.twitter.com/Rs5w8ca5qG— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) May 13, 2021
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CarltonTheBear:
This is going to be a heck of a 1st round match-up. Florida played at a 115-point pace in a full season, Tampa 109 point pace. The Lightning get Kucherov and Stamkos back but they'll be rusty (especially Kucherov of course) and going up against a very good team. Hedman and McDonagh are both playing through some injuries and they just lost Goodrow for awhile as well. On Florida's side they're also missing Ekblad of course which is a big loss for them.

Wouldn't be that surprised if the reigning champs got knocked out 1st round.

CarltonTheBear:
Also after being traded to Florida Sam Bennett had 6 goals, 15 points, 29 hits, and 39 shots in 10 regular season games. Didn't see that one coming.

herman:

--- Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 12, 2021, 10:16:39 AM ---Also after being traded to Florida Sam Bennett had 6 goals, 15 points, 29 hits, and 39 shots in 10 regular season games. Didn't see that one coming.

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He really caught fire. Florida plays the right style to leverage his skillset.

L K:

--- Quote from: CarltonTheBear on May 12, 2021, 10:16:39 AM ---Also after being traded to Florida Sam Bennett had 6 goals, 15 points, 29 hits, and 39 shots in 10 regular season games. Didn't see that one coming.

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Motivation issues?  He has decent playoff stats (11G 19P in 30GP) and now good production after being traded. 

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