SUNRISE (CBSMiami/AP) – The Florida Panthers are back on their home ice Monday night as they continue to make a push for the playoffs.
The Panthers (36-14-5) beat Tampa Bay 5-1 on Saturday night, and moved two points ahead of the Lightning (36-16-3) and into second place in the Central Division.READ MORE: Florida Cabinet Approves 13-Mile Extension Of Dolphin Expressway
Florida can clinch home-ice advantage if it finishes ahead of Tampa Bay in the standings after the teams meet again Monday night to end their regular seasons.READ MORE: Dr. Aileen Marty Calls J&J’s 2-Dose COVID Vaccine A Big Step Forward On Vaccine Front
The intrastate rivals, who failed to pick up a point for the second consecutive game after going 6-0-1 in their previous seven, need a regulation victory to finish ahead of the Panthers.
The Panthers have won four of seven games this season against the reigning Stanley Cup champions with one of the Lightning’s victories coming in overtime. They have outscored the Lightning 27-24.MORE NEWS: South Florida Author Brad Meltzer ‘Heartbroken’ After Pennsylvania School Board Banned 2 Of His Books About MLK & Rosa Parks
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