Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/3/13
Ottawa Senators (10-13-4) at Florida Panthers (7-15-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers +100 / Ottawa Senators -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
No team has been a bigger disappointment to start the season than the Ottawa Senators. Bringing back mostly the same team from last season plus the addition of Bobby Ryan, the expectations were high for the Senators to not only put together a strong regular season but have a lengthy playoff run. Instead this Ottawa club has really struggled to find it's footing and they've done nothing of late to make anyone think that they're starting to get it together. The Senators have lost six of their last eight games and right now they can't find a goaltender that they can rely on. Craig Anderson hasn't been the same since he came back from his injury and Robin Lehner hasn't taking control of the job in his absence. Ottawa has allowed nine goals in their last two losses and Sunday it was old friend Daniel Alfredsson pouring salt in the wound with an empty net goal. Lehner faced just 22 shots in the game but allowed three goals in the 4-2 defeat. The inconsistency is maddening for head coach Paul MacLean and now they head to Florida to take on a Panthers club that has been bad this year but that really works hard of late. Florida still struggles defensively and they've allowed 10 goals over their last two games in losses to the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Tim Thomas is not the answer moving forward in goal but it doesn't look like the organization believes in Jakob Markstrom at this point. There's a lot of good young talent on this club but that doens't matter unless there are solid veterans around to help show these kids the ropes. Florida will be a pain to a lot of teams down the stretch but they're not going to make any noise this year. Ottawa should rebound from their early season malaise because they're just too talented not to.
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