Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers - 11/5/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Panthers (4-5-1) at Washington Capitals (7-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -213 / Florida Panthers +165 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, CSNB
The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals meet Saturday night in NHL action at the Verizon Center.
The Florida Panthers could use a statement road victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Panthers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Florida with six goals, Colton Sceviour has three assists and Vincent Trocheck has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 16 goals on 182 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 11 goals on 120 shots. The Florida Panthers are 4-1 this season when scoring at least three goals.
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The Washington Capitals look to keep the puck rolling and build on their impressive 7-2-1 start to the NHL season. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Marcus Johansson leads Washington with six goals, Alex Ovechkin has three assists and T.J. Oshie has 24 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 18 goals on 228 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed two goals on 43 shots. The Washington Capitals have scored three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Panthers are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. The Capitals are 42-18 in their last 60 games playing on 1 days rest and 41-16 in their last 57 home games. The Panthers are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Washington and 9-23 in the last 32 meetings overall.
These are two of the more talented teams in the East and while the Capitals are in lights out form, the juice on this game is insane. The Panthers are going to turn things around eventually. Florida has also won two of the last three games against the Capitals. Based on the value, I'll take a shot with the Florida Panthers and the heavy plus money in this spot.