The Florida Panthers and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Center on Saturday night.
The Florida Panthers will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-3 win over Montreal last time out. Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers in scoring with 88 points including a team-high 67 assists while Aaron Ekblad has 57 points with 15 goals and 42 assists as well as a team-high +38 plus/minus rating this season. Sam Reinhart has 61 points, logging 24 goals and 37 assists. Aleksander Barkov has a team-high 27 goals as well for Florida this season. Sergei Bobrovsky’s gone 30-6-3 with a 2.57 GAA and a .917 save percentage between the pipes for Florida while Spencer Knight is 13-7-3 with a 2.89 GAA and an .906 save percentage this season.
The Ottawa Senators will hope to build on their 5-2 win over Winnipeg last time out. Brady Tkachuk leads the Sens in scoring with 46 points including 22 goals and 24 assists while Drake Batherson has 34 points with 21 assists and Josh Norris has 37 points with a team-high 26 goals on the year. Tim Stutzle also has 39 points with 14 goals and 25 assists. Anton Forsberg is 15-13-2 with a 2.72 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season for Ottawa in goal.
Florida is 8-2 in their last 10 games as a road favorite and 6-0 in their last 6 division games while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 division games. Ottawa is 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home underdog and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 21-5-1 in their last 27 games against the Eastern Conference.
I get the case to be made for a home underdog in some spots, but not here. The Ottawa Senators are just really struggling right now and are showing their youth and inexperience in each loss that piles up. The Panthers need this win a lot more in regards to the playoff race and the division race and I think the Panthers get a massive win on the -1.5 puck line here.
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