Atlantic Division NHL Picks: Play Red-Hot Panthers -105 vs. Senators

Bruce Webster

Thursday, January 7, 2016 1:11 PM GMT

The Florida Panthers continue to roll as they have now won their 10th game in a row after beating Buffalo, while the Ottawa Senators come in off a road win. Who will be our NHL pick?

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NHL Pick: Panthers -105
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Florida Routs Sabres for 10th Win in a Row
Can anyone beat this team right now? The Florida Panthers are off a 5-1 rout of the Buffalo Sabres on the road and have now won 10 games in a row, which continues to add to their franchise record. Braden Holtby may be the best goalie in the league, but the hottest goalie right now is Roberto Luongo, who has now won his last eight starts, allowing just 10 total goals over that stretch. Luongo is now 18-14 on the year with a 2.06 GAA and vs the Sens in his career he has gone 12-15 with a 2.74 GAA. Luongo is clearly a big part of this streak and he is also the reason why this team is now tops in the league in goals allowed, giving up just 2.1 gpg.

Luongo isn’t the only reason for the hot play of the Panthers as their offense is really waking up. The Panthers come in at 14th in the league in scoring at 2.6 gpg, but they have scored 3.5 gpg during the win streak and have now put up five goals in four of those games. Five different players scored for the Panthers in the win over Buffalo, including Jaromir Jagr who scored his team leading 14th of the year and his 5th in the last seven games. This offense is continuing to get better as the season goes on and it has been a nice complement to the way Luongo has been playing in goal of late. Watch out as this team just may have what it takes to be a serious threat in the East.  

 

Bobby Ryan Leads Sens to Road Win Over Blues
The Ottawa Senators went into Monday’s tilt with the St Louis Blues having lost five of six games and after falling down 2-0 in that game it looked like it was going to get worse for them, but that’s when the comeback started. The Sens got a goal from the team’s leading scorer Mike Hoffman (19th) with just 1:14 left in the 2nd period to make the score 2-1 and from there it was the Bobby Ryan show as he tied the game at two in the 3rd period, before winning it halfway through the OT. Along with his two goals, Ryan also assisted on Hoffman’s goal. He now has 13 goals on the year, which is tied for 2nd on the team with Kyle Turris.

Andrew Hammond picked up the win, which snapped his personal three game losing streak. Hammond is now 3-5 with a 2.35 GAA on the year. Craig Anderson should get the nod in this one and he comes in at 16-15 with a 2.79 GAA on the year, while at home he is 9-6 with a 2.35 GAA, plus he has gone 12-6 with a 1.99 GAA in his career vs the Panthers. The Sens check in at 8th in the league in scoring, putting up 2.8 gpg, while converting on 19.5% of their power play chances, which is 14th. On defense the numbers are not as good as they come in at 26th in goals allowed (2.9 gpg) and 28th in penalty kill. Let's check the NHL odds & recent trends:  

  

Florida Trends
Panthers are 12-2 in their last 14 after allowing two goals or less in their previous game.
8-0 in their last eight vs. the Eastern Conference.

Ottawa Trends
17-35 in their last 52 when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game.
1-7 in their last eight vs. the Eastern Conference.

 

Betting Analysis
Hard to go against the hottest team in the league right now, especially with Luongo in goal once again. He is on fire right now and an inconsistent Ottawa team won’t be able to deal with him here. The Sens are off a big win in St Louis, but they are also 0-5 in their last five games following a win, so they don’t know how to string two wins in a row right now. The Panthers just keep on rolling as the sharp NHL pick.