NHL Capitals vs Florida Panthers Prediction 2/24/2024

The Washington Capitals (26-21-8) travel to face off against the Florida Panthers (37-16-4) on Saturday, February 24th. This game will be played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise and televised on ESPN+. The Capitals are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Panthers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hurricanes. Puck drop is set for 6:00 ET.

Capitals vs Panthers

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The Washington Capitals Are Coming Off A Win

As the 4th place team in the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 26-21-8. They have gone 3-0 over their last three games and 3-2 over their last five.

On the road this season, Washington has gone 12-12-3 and have won three straight games away from home. When playing against other Eastern Conference teams, the Capitals have a record of 16-15.

Washington enters the game with a puck line record of 25-30 this season, including a road puck line record of 12-15. So far, the Capitals have 12 wins by multiple goals and 14 wins by just one goal.

Over their last 10 games, the Capitals have a puck line record of 5-5, and their average scoring margin as the underdog this year is at -1.1 goals per contest.

Facing the Lightning in their last game, the Capitals won by a score of 5-3. Against the Lightning, the Capitals’ offense scored in all three periods. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 24 shots on goal and had 3 turnovers.

Despite being the underdog, Washington managed to secure a win against the puck line in the game. With a combined total of 8 goals, the teams exceeded the over/under line of 6.5 goals set for the game.

The Florida Panthers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

At home this season, the Panthers have gone 17-8-2 and have won three straight games. Overall, Florida comes into tonight’s game with a record of 37-16-4, which has them sitting in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Atlantic Division.

Over their last ten games, the Panthers have gone 8-2, and they have won six straight games in which they have been favored. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, Florida has gone 20-8 this season.

Florida comes into the game with an average scoring margin of +.9 goals per contest. So far, the Panthers have 24 wins by multiple goals and 13 victories by just one goal. Overall, the team’s puck line record sits at 29-28, including going 20-26 as the favorite.

At home, the Panthers have a puck line mark of just 10-17 and have gone 3-7 against the puck line in their last 10 games at home. In their last 10 games overall, Florida’s puck line record is 6-4.

After suffering a 1-0 loss on the road to the Hurricanes, the Panthers are looking to bounce back today. Florida couldn’t crack the Hurricanes defense, and didn’t score a single goal. During the game, the Panthers’ offense had 1 turnovers and took 44 shots on goal while being shutout.

Despite the defeat, Florida managed to cover the puck line, going into the game as the underdogs. The game ended below the over/under line of 6, with a combined total of 1 goal.

Washington Offense Breakdown

The Capitals come into the game scoring an average of 2.5 goals per game, putting them 30th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 30th in the league. Washington’s offense comes into the game ranked 29th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 32nd in the NHL.

The Capitals’ over/under record this season is 24-29-2. For the season, they have had 34 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.7 goals per game.

Panthers Offense Breakdown

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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. This season, the Panthers have a 26-14 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 8-2 record.

The Panthers’ over/under record this season is 20-35-2. For the season, they have had 37 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6.5. Overall, their games are averaging 5.7 goals per game.

Washington Team Defense

Washington defense takes on the Panthers ranked 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.7 shots per game against Washington. They also are 13th in shutouts, with 4 shutouts.

Florida Team Defense

In terms of defense, the Panthers head into the game ranked 27th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 27.5 shots per game against Florida. So far, they are 10th in shutouts, achieving 4 shutouts.

Capitals vs Panthers Trends

  • 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.
  • Florida has played well in their previous three home games, going 3-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 1. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
  • In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Panthers have a straight up record of 2-3 and an puck line mark of 5-0.
  • Although the Capitals have a strong straight up record in their last three games as the betting favorite, they have not done as well vs the puck line going 1-2.

Capitals vs Panthers Prediction

If you’re looking for a moneyline pick, my choice is the Capitals to take down the Panthers on the road. With the moneyline currently at +175, I’m placing my bet on the Capitals straight-up.

Our projections have the Capitals pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Capitals, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.

When considering the over/under line, which is currently at 6.5 goals, we believe that this game will go over that threshold, and we recommend wagering on the over.

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