Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers - 3/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Florida Panthers (35-13-5) vs Ottawa Senators (19-28-5)
Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm (FLA Live Arena)
Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -200 / Ottawa Senators +425 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Florida Panthers host the Ottawa Senators in Thursday NHL Action
The Ottawa Senators come into this road contest with an overall record of 19-28-5. Through 52 games, the Senators are 6th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 137 times, good for a rank of 27th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Ottawa is the 19th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.17 goals per game. So far, the Senators have a strength of schedule rating of 1st in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 22nd ranked team in the NHL.
The Florida Panthers get set to host the Ottawa Senators with an overall record of 35-13-5. This mark places them 2nd in the Atlantic division. Through 53 games, the Panthers have scored 218 goals, giving them an average of 4.08. This output gives them a rank of 1st among NHL teams. On defense, Florida is the 17th ranked unit, giving up 2.98 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have played the 6th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Florida's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 1st in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In his team's 52 games, he has come up with 17 goals and 21 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 9.7%. However, when on the ice, the Senators are -1 in scoring differential. The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 18 goals, 39.0% have come during power play time. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.79 goals per game. In his 24 games played, he has turned in 13 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Coming into this game, the Florida Panther's leader in points is Jonathan Huberdeau. In Florida's 53 games, he has come up with 18 goals and 57 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.5%.The team's top overall goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. Of his 25 goals, 32.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +23. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.63 goals per game. In his 37 games played, he has turned in 21 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
In Ottawa's 52 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 29-20. So far, the Senators have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 14 of their 23 road games. On the season, the Ottawa Senators have a per-game scoring differential of -0.56. Things haven't gone any better on the road as they losing road games by an average of -0.58 goals. As the Senators get set to take on the Panthers, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. During this stretch, they have scored 10 goals, accounting for 40.0% of the scoring in these contests. Look for the Panthers to take advantage of a struggling Ottawa unit, picking up a home win.
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