Capitals vs. Panthers - 2/2/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (29-15-5) at Washington Capitals (35-8-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -188 / Florida Panthers +155 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals meet Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.
The Florida Panthers look to remain red hot after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power plays. Reilly Smith leads Florida with 16 goals, Jaromir Jagr has 18 assists and Vincent Trocheck has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their power play chances. Roberto Luongo has allowed 80 goals on 1,146 shots faced and Al Montoya has given up 21 goals on 295 shots. Luongo has allowed three goals in his last three games.
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The Washington Capitals also look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.8 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 28 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 29 assists and Justin Williams has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 78 goals on 1,091 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 20 goals on 267 shots. Holtby has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Panthers are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 21-7 in their last 28 overall. The Capitals are 7-0 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 37-15 in their last 52 overall. The Panthers are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Washington and 8-22 in the last 30 meetings overall.
These are the two best teams in the East, and both teams entered the break on fire. With the line being what it is, I'm not sue how you can't take the Panthers given the value. This should be a great game that could go either way. I like the chances to make 1.5 times my money.