Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers
|Date & Time||Sunday March 3, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +200 / Florida Panthers -245 -- Over/Under: 6.5
The Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers meet Sunday in NHL action at the BB&T Center.
The Ottawa Senators could use a win here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Ottawa Senators are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Brady Tkachuk leads Ottawa with 14 goals, Thomas Chabot has 34 assists and Chris Tierney has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 130 goals on 1,360 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 14 goals on 121 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
The Florida Panthers also need a win after losing four of their last six games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 26.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 30 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 47 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 95 goals on 920 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 90 goals on 920 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Senators are 20-41 in their last 61 games playing on 0 days rest, 15-37 in their last 52 games as an underdog and 16-51 in their last 67 games as a road underdog. The Panthers are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference, 5-2 in their last 7 Sunday games and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The under is 5-0 in Senators last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 6-0-1 in Panthers last 7 overall. The Senators are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Florida.
The Florida Panthers honestly shouldn't be this big of a favorite when you consider just how bad their defense is most nights. With that said, the Ottawa Senators are a team that's counting the days until the offseason and often get dominated when they take the ice. At home, this is a game the Panthers should win rather easily. I don't like the price at all, but it certainly beats making a case for the Senators.