Free NHL Picks Today: Ottawa Senators vs Florida Panthers 3/27/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Ottawa Senators vs Florida Panthers 3/27/23
Mon 27th March 2023

The NHL’s two most penalized teams are set to square off at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday, as the Florida Panthers (36-30-7) are on the road to take on the Ottawa Senators (35-33-5).

Florida is embarking on a four-game road trip coming off a 4-3 loss against the Rangers on Saturday, their third straight defeat. The Panthers committed four penalties in the game, though they held New York without a power play goal.

Aleksander Barkov was the top goalscorer for the Panthers with two goals. Sergei Bobrovsky only had 38 saves on 42 shots against (.904%) in the loss.Ottawa fell 5-3 to the Devils on Saturday.

Brady Tkachuk, Thomas Chabot, and Mark Kastelic scored one apiece for the Senators. Tim Stuetzle had two assists to lead the team in scoring. Dylan Ferguson saved only 30 of 34 shots against (.882%) in the loss.


The Panthers won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 5-3 victory in October, their fourth straight win against Ottawa. Four players had three points for Florida. Nick Holden led Ottawa with two points (1G 1A). Spencer Knight got the win despite allowing three goals on 26 shots (.884%).


Florida is averaging 3.47 goals per game for the season, sixth in the NHL, and they are taking on a Senators team that is allowing 3.25 goals a game (19th). Meanwhile, Ottawa has found the net 3.14 times a game on average, 19th in the league, and the Panthers are allowing opponents to score 3.42 goals per game (23rd).F

lorida averages more shots per game (36.8) than any other team in the league, though the team’s 9.5% shooting percentage ranks 26th. Ottawa’s average of 33.2 attempts ranks seventh. Power play opportunities between the teams should be plentiful, as the Panthers and Senators have more penalties per game than most teams in the NHL.

The Senators have been penalized 4.60 times a game on average (31st), while the Panthers are averaging 4.63 penalties, most in the league. The Senators’ 23.99% power play percentage ranks seventh in the league, while the Panthers are 10th with a conversion rate of 22.04%.

While efficient on the power play, Florida has been less successful at penalty killing, as the away team owns the league’s fifth-lowest PK% at 74.71%. Ottawa’s 82.44% ranks seventh in the NHL.


With 97 points this season, fourth-most in the NHL, Matthew Tkachuk is the top skater for the Panthers. He is among the league leaders with 62 assists (7th) and has added 35 goals of his own. In the net, Bobrovsky (24-19-3) is Florida’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 3.05 GAA and a .902% save percentage.Stuetzle and B. Tkachuk lead the Senators in scoring with 81 and 75 points, respectively. Stuetzle has 35 goals and 46 assists in 69 games, while B. Tkachuk has 33 goals and 42 assists in 73 games. Cam Talbot (15-14-1) has the best goals against average for Ottawa at 2.85. He has a save percentage of .905%.


Florida is 15-18-3 away from FLA Live Arena this season. Ottawa is 20-13-3 at home this season.

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