Panthers suffering on the road
The Florida Panthers lost their third straight on Sunday as they succumbed to the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The loss followed defeats to the Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanche and the Panthers have lost seven of their last nine to sit tied for sixth in the Atlantic Division, along with the Ottawa Senators.
Florida has lost 10 games in regulation on the road, with only the New York Islanders, Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes performing as poorly.
Tuesday the Panthers conclude their five-game road trip when they play the Coyotes at the Gila River Arena in Glendale.
Florida then spends the remaining days of the month at the BB & T Center in Sunrise, as they welcome in the Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens.
Atop the Atlantic Division the Tampa Bay Lightning have a nine-point advantage over the Toronto Maple Leafs and have just won their seventh straight.
The Lightning, who follow the Panthers into Las Vegas on Tuesday, have not lost in the month of December, although they were pushed by the Avalanche over the weekend before winning 6-5 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Up 4-0 and cruising Tampa Bay overcame a spirited comeback by the hosts, led by a Gabriel Landeskog hat-trick.
Like the Panthers, the Lightning also head back to Florida for a four-game home stand with the same teams, the Senators, Wild, Canadiens and the Flyers the opponents.
Tampa Bay are 1.62 to win the Eastern Conference title, with the Maple Leafs 5000.00 and the Washington Capitals 2.40.
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