Panthers vs. Capitals - 12/16/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (14-10-5) at Florida Panthers (12-8-8)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm (BB&T Center)
The Line: Florida Panthers +105 / Washington Capitals -116 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CNSW, FSFL
The Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers square off Tuesday at the BB&T Center.
The Washington Capitals have won four of their last five games and begin a three-game road trip. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game on the season and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last six games overall when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 14 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 22 assists and Troy Brouwer has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Braden Holtby has allowed 54 goals on 633 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.
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The Florida Panthers have split their last 10 games and play their third home game of the month. The Panthers are averaging 2.2 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Florida Panthers haven’t scored a power play goal in four straight games and have won six of their last eight games overall when scoring at least three goals. Nick Bjugstad leads Florida with 12 goals, Aaron Ekblad has 13 assists and Brad Boyes has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Panthers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in eight of their last 10 games. Al Montoya has allowed 17 goals on 200 shots faced and Roberto Luongo has given up 50 goals on 655 shots.
The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Panthers are 7-20 in their last 27 vs. Metropolitan and 15-38 in their last 53 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Capitals are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Florida and the home team is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
I've been high on the Panthers this season and they've finally began to put together some victories over the last few weeks. This is one of those value spots where you can take Florida, as the team is playing well and has won three of its last four home games.