Ottawa Senators (26-15-6) at Florida Panthers (21-19-10)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 31, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Florida Panthers -125 / Ottawa Senators +113 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ottawa Senators look to continue their recent success on the road as they face off against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Tuesday night.
The Senators look for a big divisional road win against the Cats on Tuesday as their pursuit of a playoff spot hits the home stretch and with the Atlantic division being wide open the Sens can surprise the league by claiming one of the three spots given available in their divisional playoffs. Ottawa has had a ton of injuries and absences to deal with this season and have also had a number of underachievers that have led to speculation on their sustainability but this is a group that is playing a very solid team game right now and to me are a top three team in the Atlantic division. Ottawa will turn to Mike Condon in the crease as he has been sensational in place of Craig Anderson and if the former Canadiens pseudo-starter can continue his hot streak and outplay Roberto Luongo than the Sens should be in a good spot here against Florida.
The Panthers have been one of the bigger disappointments in the NHL this season as they have gone from a preseason juggernaut to possibly missing out on the playoffs altogether and the actions they take at the trade deadline will be a big indicator with where management thinks this group is at right now. The Panthers certainly have some nice pieces as Aaron Ekblad is one of the best young defenders in the league and guys like Barkov and Huberdeau up top are going to be nice building blocks, but with the injury bug biting the latter two and Ekblad not having a ton of help the Cats are in rough shape and will need a drastic turnaround if they’re going to make a run at the playoffs this season.
The Sens are 8-3 in their last 11 Tuesday games and 7-1 in their last eight when their opponent scores two goals or less in their previous outing while the Panthers are 1-5 in their last six Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last five overall. Ottawa is a good road team and while both teams have had time off thanks to the all-star break I like the Sens to get it done to start the season’s second half.