The Washington Capitals (22-19-7) travel to face off against the Florida Panthers (31-15-4) on Thursday, February 8th. This game will be played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise and televised on ESPN+. Both the Capitals and Panthers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Capitals vs Panthers
The Washington Capitals Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
On the season, the Capitals have gone 22-19-7 and are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. In the Metropolitan Division, they are in 7th place. Over their last ten games, Washington has gone just 3-7, including losing each of their last three games.
When playing on the road this year, the Capitals have gone 9-11-3. As the underdog, they have gone 11-17-5 on the year. In games against other teams in the Eastern Conference, Washington has gone 12-14 this season.
So far this season, the Capitals have an average scoring differential of -0.7 goals per game. Across their last ten games, their puck line record is 5-5, and they are 21-27 on the season.
As the underdog, Washington has gone 17-16 vs. the puck line, and they have 13 losses by multiple goals. In their last ten road games, the Capitals have gone 4-6 vs. the puck line.
Coming off a 5-2 loss at home to the Canadiens, the Capitals are hoping to bounce back today. During the first period, the Capitals started slow, but they turned things around by scoring one time in the second period and one goal in the third. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 39 shots on goal and had 9 turnovers.
In this game, Washington was favored by -1.5, but they suffered a loss against the puck line. The combined total of 7 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 5.5 goals for the game.
The Florida Panthers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
At home this season, the Panthers have gone 14-8-2 and are favored in today’s game. In the Eastern Conference, Florida is currently in 3rd place and 2nd in the Atlantic Division. Over their last ten games, the Panthers have gone 5-5, and they are 31-15-4 overall.
So far this season, the Panthers have been favored in 40 of their 50 games and have gone 26-12-2 in those games. Against other teams in the Eastern Conference, Florida has gone 15-7.
Florida comes into the game with an average scoring margin of +.6 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have 19 wins by multiple goals and 12 wins by just one goal.
On the year, Florida’s puck line record sits at 23-27, and they have dropped three straight games vs. the puck line. As the favorite, the Panthers are 15-25 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin in those games is +.6 goals per contest.
The Panthers are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss at home to the Flyers. The Panthers started strong on offense with one time in the first period, but they couldn’t find the net again for the rest of the game. The team’s one goal occurred during a power play, and they managed to take 21 shots on goal while also having 13 giveaways.
Florida took a loss against the puck line, going into the game as the favorites with a -1.5-point advantage. With a combined total of 3 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
Washington Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Capitals come into the game at 2.4 goals per contest placing 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 30th position in the league. Coming into the game, the Capitals have a 7-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 15-13.
This season, the Capitals’ have an over/under record of 20-27-1. Throughout the season, they have played 26 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.6 goals per game.
Panthers Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Panthers have an average of 3.2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 13th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 2nd in the league. Coming into the game, the Panthers have a 23-13 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 6-2.
The Panthers come in with an over/under record of 18-31-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 28 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.8 per game.
Washington Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Capitals head into the game ranked 21st in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.5 shots per game against Washington. So far, they are 15th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.
Florida Team Defense
Defensively, the Panthers come into the season ranked 29th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27 shots per game against Florida. For the season, they are ranked 23rd in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Capitals vs Panthers Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Capitals have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 3 goals per game in this stretch.
- Across the Panthers last three home games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Panthers have a straight up record of 5-5 and an puck line mark of 8-2.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Capitals have an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 against the spread.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Capitals to defeat the Panthers while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +189, I’m placing a wager on the Capitals to win outright.
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.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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