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Capitals vs. Panthers - 1/4/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Panthers (17-10-9) at Washington Capitals (19-11-7)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Capitals -170 / Florida Panthers +153 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, CSNB

The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals play Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center.

The Florida Panthers have won five of their last eight games and continue their lengthy road trip. The Panthers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers have three power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 14 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 16 assists and Brad Boyes has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Roberto Luongo has allowed 63 goals on 852 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 22 goals on 234 shots. The Panthers have split their last six road games.

Capitals vs. Panthers - 1/4/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Capitals have won five of their last seven games and are climbing up the standings. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have three power play goals in their last five games and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 18 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 26 assists and Eric Fehr has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last 10 games. Braden Holtby has allowed 70 goals on 880 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.

The Panthers are 29-62 in their last 91 road games and 7-3 in their last 10 Sunday games. The Capitals are 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Panthers are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Washington and 7-20 in the last 27 meetings overall.

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