Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two teams squaring off for the third time this year, the Florida Panthers and the Ottawa Senators meet at Canadian Tire Centre in a divisional tilt. The match will get going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 20, and it will be showcased live on Fox SportsNet Florida.

Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators Odds

Florida comes into the game as the favorite with a moneyline of -135. The line for Ottawa sits at +115. The Over/Under (O/U), set at an even 6 goals, initially opened at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. That line has since moved however, and it now sits at -125 for the over and +105 for the under.

Florida is 36-34 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 70 regular season matches, 35 of its games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Panthers are 14-20 SU as the road team in 2017-18.

Florida has converted on 19.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.1 percent of its penalties.

The Panthers, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.3 times per game this season, 4.6 per game over its past five outings total, and 4.6 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays a whopping 14.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a .910 save percentage, James Reimer (17-20-5) has been the primary option in goal for Florida this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, the team could go with Roberto Luongo (15-13-3), who has a .928 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average this year.

The visiting Panthers have relied on Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck this year. Barkov has 71 points on 26 goals and 45 assists, and has recorded multiple points 20 times. Trocheck has 28 goals and 38 assists to his creditand has logged a point in 47 games.

Ottawa is 26-45 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. 37 of its contests have gone over the total, while 34 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 15-20 SU at home this season.

The Senators have converted on just 17.0 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.1 percent of all opponent power plays.

Senators players have been penalized 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Craig Anderson (27.6 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Senators. Anderson has 22 wins, 29 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 3.21 goals against average and a subpar .902 save percentage this season.

Mark Stone (20 goals, 42 assists) will pace the attack for the Sens.

Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Ottawa is 2-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while Florida is 3-3 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of Ottawa’s last five games.
  • The Panthers have averaged the league’s most shots on goal (34.5) while Ottawa has attempted just the 26th-most (30.4).
  • Over Florida’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).
  • The Senators this season have registered the eighth-most hits per game (24.0), but that average has climbed to 28.2 over their past five home games.