Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Senators vs Panthers Odds
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(31-29-7) Ottawa Senators vs. Florida Panthers (36-21-9)
Date: Thursday March 10th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
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NHL Betting Total: 5 (+125)
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Atlantic Division opponents Ottawa and Florida will meet on Thursday night for the fourth of five meetings in the 2015-16 season.
The surprising Panthers are still in the hunt for top spot in the Atlantic while the Sens’ season is all but done as they’re climbing a mountain just to get a sniff at a wildcard.
This is the same Sens team as last year really, that shouldn’t have been a playoff participant but for an incredible late season run that was spurred on by backup netminder Andrew Hammond.
The Senators will need a similar run this year to get into the post season, and once again are looking to Hammond as Craig Anderson is on the shelf with a lower body injury but is close to a return.
Ottawa will also be without Kyle Turris, but he was utterly useless for the past two months so that’s not a big loss.
This is a team that can score goals and has a pretty solid top six, but they have been horrible defensively and are one of just five teams in the NHL that has already given up more than 200 goals.
Against a team like Florida that doesn’t exactly light up the scoreboard, the Senators will have to be on their defensive game as the Panthers play a tight defensive game and the Senators won’t be able to outscore their defensive shortcomings against a team like Florida.
Defensively tough yes, but not so much as of late, and this is a team that will make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference but make a very prompt exit.
The only way this team gets out of the first round is if they can capture whatever magic it was they had in December/January when they won 12 straight games.
Speaking of streaks, the Panthers have lost three straight and that defensive prowess is lacking as they’ve given up 13 goals during their three game slide.
Back to that winning streak, this team should not be overestimated…12 straight wins is about the only reason they’re a playoff team. That streak aside, this team has just 24 wins in their other 54 games, that’s a .444 win%, aka not a playoff quality team.
Part of their recent struggles could be that this is still a fairly young group (aside from the ageless Jaromir Jagr) and the long grind of the season combined with the pressure to hold onto a top seed could be wearing on them a bit.
Plus the aging Roberto Luongo has played nowhere close to his early season form of late.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- OTT are 1-7 in their last 8 Thu. games.
- OTT are 6-15 in their last 21 road games.
- Over is 7-2-1 in FLA last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
- OTT are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings in Florida.
Free Ottawa Senators vs. Florida Panthers NHL Hockey Prediction
Ottawa has been finding their game a bit of late, though not overly impressive, they do have six wins in their last 10. Florida’s form of late is just brutal, they had a nice push to force OT against the Bruins, but that was after falling behind 4-1 in the first period.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Senators Moneyline
The Sens are a solid bet in this one, and are in all hands on deck mode, while the Panthers are reeling a bit.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Ottawa 4 – Florida 2
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