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Florida Panthers aim to continue dominant season against Ottawa Senators | World News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The Florida Panthers are poised for a showdown against the Ottawa Senators, carrying the momentum of their remarkable season into Tuesday night’s clash in Sunrise, Fla. With the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and a string of dominant performances, the Panthers are a formidable force in the NHL.
Winning nine of their last 10 games, the Panthers have showcased their defensive prowess by limiting opponents to two or fewer goals in each contest.Their recent success extends beyond home ice, as they’ve set a franchise record with 11 consecutive road victories, inching closer to the NHL record of 12 consecutive road wins.
Center Aleksander Barkov attributes the team’s success to their collective effort and enjoyment on the ice, emphasizing their relentless approach regardless of the scoreline. Their recent triumph against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a resounding 9-2 victory, underscores their offensive potency and defensive solidity.
In their previous encounter with the Senators, the Panthers secured a convincing 5-0 win, setting the stage for another compelling matchup. Center Sam Reinhart, a pivotal figure in Florida’s offensive arsenal, leads the team with an impressive 39 goals and 66 points, including a league-leading 22 power-play goals and nine game-winners.
In goal, Sergei Bobrovsky has been a pillar of strength for the Panthers, boasting a conference-leading 27 wins and a commendable 2.41 goals-against average. Despite Ottawa’s recent resurgence, led by top scorer Brady Tkachuk with 25 goals, the Senators find themselves at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, facing the prospect of another playoff absence.
Tkachuk, known for his fiery playstyle, emphasizes the importance of emotion and intensity in the Senators’ game, reflecting their determination to compete and secure victories. While forward Tim Stutzle leads Ottawa in assists and points, the team’s overall performance has been inconsistent, with Monday’s victory over the Lightning offering a glimmer of hope amidst a challenging season.
As the Panthers aim to extend their winning streak and solidify their playoff position, the Senators seek to defy the odds and deliver a spirited performance against their formidable opponents. With both teams hungry for success, Tuesday night’s matchup promises excitement and intensity on the ice.
(Inputs from Reuters)

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