Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators: NHL Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Mar 29, 2018

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The Florida Panthers are doing their best to claw back into the Eastern Conference playoff race, but are playing their third game in four nights tonight in Ottawa.

Florida
44-30-5-3
AT
March 29, 2018, 7:30 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
28-43-4-7
Puckline -1.5 +180
Moneyline -165
Over / Under o +6

85%

Betting Action

15%

Puckline +1.5 -220
Moneyline +140
Over / Under u +6

85%

Betting Action

15%

The Florida Panthers have been surging into the Eastern Conference playoff picture since the beginning of February. In this NHL matchup, they’ll face a team that’s forgotten how to win hockey games. The Ottawa Senators, who have been eliminated from playoff contention, have lost six straight and can’t seem to wait for the end of the season.

Panthers vs Senators Betting Analysis

The Panthers have won six of their last 10 meetings with the Senators with the two splitting two games this season and the road team won each time. While the Sens are at home in this spot, that probably doesn’t mean much. They’ve dropped eight of their last nine at home. The Panthers lost last night in Toronto and have now dropped five of their last eight away games.

Florida Panthers

You’d be hard-pressed to find a team that’s played better hockey than the Florida Panthers since the start of February. This is a team that’s 20-6-1 in their last 27 games after winning just 19 of their first 47 contests.

We should see James Reimer between the pipes for the Panthers in this spot and while Roberto Luongo is considered the No. 1 netminder on this team, Reimer has played better of late. Luongo has dropped four of his last five starts, giving up at least three goals in six of his last eight outings. Reimer has won five straight times, posting an incredible .970 save percentage in those contests while allowing a total of five goals in that span.

This is really just a matter of effort. The Panthers played last night in Toronto and at the New York Islanders on Monday. It’s their third game in four nights on the road and their fourth game overall in six nights. If they’re fatigued, that could be a factor. Otherwise, the Sens should rollover as they haven’t shown any fight of late.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators are 26-39-11 after a 4-3 loss to the Islanders at home on Tuesday. It was their sixth loss in a row and 14th in their last 19 games. Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan each had a goal and two assists, while Erik Karlsson also scored and Mike Condon made 27 saves for the Senators. It has been a rough time for the Senators both on and off the ice as they’re struggling to close out the season.

This is a team that looks like they just want the season to end so they can go into the offseason and figure out what they’re going to do going forward. What’s concerning of late is that their defense and goaltending have collapsed, allowing at least four goals in five straight games. They’ve allowed 26 goals in that span, losing by a combined 16 goals in those games. That shows just how badly they’ve been worked of late, so it’s tough to back them in any situation.

Panthers vs. Senators Prediction

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