The Florida Panthers are primed to dominate the Ottawa Senators and cover the -1.5 spread, thanks to their hot streak and stellar performances in net.
If you're looking for a solid pick in the world of NHL betting, look no further than the red-hot Florida Panthers as they face off against the Ottawa Senators. With a four-game win streak under their belt and a goalie who's been nothing short of phenomenal, the Panthers are ready to pounce on the Senators and cover the -1.5 spread with ease.
First things first, let's talk about the man between the pipes for the Panthers: Alex Lyon. This 30-year-old netminder has been an absolute game-changer for Florida, stepping up in a huge way while starter Sergei Bobrovsky is sidelined with a non-COVID illness. Lyon has been lights out, posting a 4-0-0 record with a jaw-dropping .959 save percentage in his recent run. When you've got a goalie playing at this level, you know you're in for a good time.
But it's not just Lyon who's been turning heads for the Panthers. Their offense has been firing on all cylinders, led by Carter Verhaeghe and Matthew Tkachuk. Verhaeghe has already set career highs in goals (40) and points (70), while Tkachuk is just a single point shy of matching his career-best 104 points from last season. These two are a dynamic duo that the Senators' defense will have a tough time containing.
And speaking of defense, the Panthers are no slouches in that department either. Ranking second in the NHL for most goals by defensemen with 49, Florida's blue line has been a significant contributor to their offensive prowess. With players like Brandon Montour, Aaron Ekblad, and Gustav Forsling finding the back of the net, it's clear that this team has threats from all over the ice.
On the other side of the rink, the Ottawa Senators are coming into this game with a three-game losing streak and a near-certain fate of missing the playoffs yet again. While they do have some offensive firepower in the form of Tim Stutzle, Brady Tkachuk (Matthew's brother), and Claude Giroux, they haven't been able to translate that into consistent success.
The Sens have struggled in net, cycling through seven different goalies this season. While rookie Leevi Merilainen had a promising NHL debut with 34 saves against the Carolina Hurricanes, it's hard to expect that level of performance to continue against the surging Panthers. Veteran Cam Talbot and injured backup Anton Forsberg haven't been able to provide the stability Ottawa needs, leaving the door wide open for Florida to capitalize.
Let's not forget the historical context here, either. The Senators did manage to beat the Panthers 5-2 back on March 27th, but they haven't won consecutive games against Florida since way back in 2013. In fact, the Sens have gone 0-9-1 in the game following each of their previous 10 wins against the Panthers. That's not exactly a trend that inspires confidence in Ottawa's ability to pull off another victory.
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