The Capitals and Panthers are set to face off at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The Panthers will host the game at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL. This Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Panthers are favored by -1.5 goals vs. the Capitals.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS FLORIDA PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Florida Panthers -1.5

This game will be played at FLA Live Arena at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE FLORIDA PANTHERS:

  • The Panthers enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Panthers on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Capitals (+1.5)

Is an Upset Waiting to Happen on the Road?

With 60 points, the Capitals are currently 4th in the Metropolitan Division and 9th in the Eastern Conference. In the Eastern Conference, Washington has gone 16-15 and 12-8 against division opponents. On the road, the Capitals have won three straight games and are 12-12-3 this season.

Over their last three games, the Capitals have gone 3-0 and are 26-21-8 overall. As the underdog, Washington has gone 14-19-6, including a two-game winning streak.

Washington enters the game with a puck line record of 25-30 this season, including a road puck line record of 12-15. The Capitals have gone 5-5 against the puck line in their last ten games and have 12 wins by multiple goals this season.

So far, the Capitals have dropped 19 games by more than one goal and have an average scoring margin of -0.5 goals per contest. In their last ten games as the underdog, the Capitals have gone 21-18 against the puck line.

This season, Washington’s games are averaging 5.7 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.1. The Capitals currently have an over/under record of 24-29-2.

Across their last three road contests, Washington has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 3-0, while averaging 4 goals per game.

On offense, the Capitals are averaging 2.5 goals per game which is 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Capitals offense is 29th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the NHL.

Washington’s current leading scorer is Dylan Strome. This season, he has 21 goals, which puts him 44th in the NHL. Strome also comes into the game with 20 assists.

Florida defense takes on the Capitals ranked 27th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 27.5 shots per game against Florida. They also are 10th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Florida, goalie Charlie Lindgren has started 25 games in this season. His current record is 12-8, and his save percentage stands at 0.701%.

Can Florida Live Up to the Hype at Home?

At home this season, the Panthers have gone 17-8-2, including a three-game winning streak. In the Atlantic Division, Florida is in second place, and they have gone 9-4 against divisional opponents. Overall, the Panthers are 37-16-4, good for 78 points.

Over their last ten games, Florida has gone 8-2, and they have won four of their last five games. In the Eastern Conference, the Panthers are in third place, and they have been favored in 46 of their 57 games this season.

Florida has been the favorite in 46 games this year and has gone 20-26 against the puck line in those games. Overall, the Panthers’ puck line record is 29-28, including going 6-4 in their last 10 games.

So far, the Panthers have 24 wins by multiple goals and 13 wins by just one goal. Their average scoring margin for the season is +.9 goals per game. In their last 10 home games, Florida’s puck line record is just 3-7.

On average, Florida’s games have finished with 5.7 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.3. In total, the Panthers come in with an over/under record of 20-35-2.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Washington has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 4 per game. The team went 3-0 overall in these games.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Panthers are averaging 3.3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 11th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 1st in the league. The Florida offense is ranked 5th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 20th in the NHL.

Florida’s current leading scorer is Sam Reinhart. This season, he has 39 goals, which puts him 2nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 28 assists so far.

Florida defense takes on the Capitals ranked 27th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 27.5 shots per game against Florida. They also are 10th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Washington, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has started 42 games in this season. His current record is 28-11, and his save percentage stands at 0.935%.