Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Ottawa Senators - 3/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (23-36-5) vs Florida Panthers (43-14-6)

Game Info: Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators +237 / Florida Panthers -303 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators host the Florida Panthers in Saturday NHL Action.

The Florida Panthers come into this road contest with an overall record of 43-14-6. Through 63 games, the Panthers are 1st in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 258 times, good for a rank of 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 10th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.84 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 20th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 1st ranked team in the NHL.

The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Florida Panthers with an overall record of 23-36-5. This mark places them 7th in the Atlantic division. Through 64 games, the Senators have scored 167 goals, giving them an average of 2.59. This output gives them a rank of 29th among NHL teams. On defense, Ottawa is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 3.25 goals per contest. So far, the Senators have played the 2nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Ottawa's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 25th in the NHL.

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Through 63 games, the Florida Panthers' leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 36 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 63. On the season, he is turning 17.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Florida's 63 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 25. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.57 goals per game. In his 41 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In Ottawa's 64 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 24 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.0%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 26 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Senators are -8 in scoring differential. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.72 goals per game. In his 33 games played, he has turned in 20 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Ottawa Senators have a per-game scoring differential of -0.66. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they are losing home games by an average of -0.71 goals. As the Ottawa Senators get set to take on the Panthers, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 10 goals, accounting for 40.0% of the scoring in these contests. If the Senators hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 3.25 goals just 2 times. On the other side, Florida has been playing well on offense, accumulating 15 goals during their last 5 games. Look for this to continue in a win over Ottawa.

 

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