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Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ottawa Senators (11-14-8) at Florida Panthers (14-16-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL

The Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers meet Saturday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.

The Ottawa Senators need a big road victory after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 14 goals, Erik Karlsson has 19 assists and Mike Hoffman has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 71 goals on 699 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 29 goals on 291 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed there or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Panthers look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Vincent Trocheck leads Florida with 13 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 23 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 90 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 37 goals on 512 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 64 goals on 646 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.

The Senators are 1-10 in their last 11 road games, 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 8-20 in their last 28 overall. The Panthers are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 3-7 in their last 10 overall. The Senators are 22-10 in the last 32 meetings in Florida and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Florida Panthers are on the end of a back to back and haven't been the most consistent team this season, but the Ottawa Senators are playing some of the worst hockey in the league this month and have been downright awful on the road. At home, I have no choice but to back the Florida Panthers on their home ice.

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