Florida -110 at Ottawa O/U 5.5
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em and right now the Florida Panthers are a team that can’t be beaten. The red hot Panthers head to Ottawa looking for their 11th consecutive win which has already been established as a franchise record winning streak. Three Florida players were named to the All-Star ame yesterday: Jaromir Jagr at the ripe age of 43, goaltender Roberto Luongo and 19-year-old defenseman Aaron Ekblad. I can’t think of three bigger reasons why Florida has surged to this 10-game winning streak and risen to the top of the Atlantic Division. Jagr has played like he is 20 years younger than he actually is registering 14 goals and 29 points in 37 game. Ekblad is a dominant defenseman already at his age at both ends of the ice and has a team leading +16 rating in plus/minus. Luongo has turned back the clock in between the pipes with one of his best seasons in recent memory. He enters tonight with sparkling numbers including a 2.06 GAA and .930 save percentage. Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov have also been integral components to Florida’s recent success playing alongside Jagr on their top line as they are 2nd and 3rd respectively in scoring on the team. They’ve also received solid offensive contributions from Reilly Smith, Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri. The Panthers have a solid chance to extend their incredible run tonight against an Ottawa team that has not played consistent hockey for the majority of the season. The Senators had lost three straight games before snapping the skid with a comeback win in OT in St. Louis on Monday night. Ottawa is just 4-6 in its last 10 games overall. These two teams split the first two meetings but Florida had the territorial edge in both games as they outshot Ottawa by a combined margin of 67-39 combined. Florida has more road wins this season (11) than Ottawa has at home (10) and with as well as the Panthers are playing right now, this appears to be a reasonable price to step in and support the streaking squad.