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Florida Panthers vs. Washington Capitals - 10/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (2-0-1) at Florida Panthers (2-0-1)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)

The Line: Florida Panthers +104 / Washington Capitals -115 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNB, FSFL

The Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers play a key Eastern Conference NHL matchup Thursday at the BB&T Center.

The Washington Capitals look to build on their solid 2-0-1 start to the season when they take the road for the second time. The Capitals are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Andre Burakovsky leads Washington with two goals, Nicklas Backstrom has three assists and T.J. Oshie has nine shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing one goal per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Philipp Grubauer has given up zero goals on 18 shots faced and Braden Holtby has allowed three goals on 52 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed just one combined goal in their last two games and have won 13 of their last 15 regular season games when allowing two or less goals.

Florida Panthers vs. Washington Capitals - 10/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Panthers are also off to a quick 2-0-1 start and will play their third road game of the season. The Panthers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with two goals, Jussi Jokinen has two assists and Aleksander Barkov has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 1.7 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up two goals on 46 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed three goals on 28 shots. The Florida Panthers have won five straight regular season home games, outscoring opponents 18-9 during those contests.

The Capitals are 0-4 in their last 4 road games and 39-17 in their last 56 games playing on 1 days rest. The Panthers are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 11-4 in their last 15 Thursday games. The Capitals are 12-4 in the last 16 meetings and the home team is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings.

The Panthers have won the last two games against the Capitals and have outsocred them 9-3 in those games. When you add the way the Panthers have played recently at home overall, doubling up their comp in the last five games, you have to like Florida and the plus money. I was high on the Panthers heading into the season and they're playing as well as I expected with points in all three games. Give me the home team and sweet price. 

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Florida Panthers +104

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