Florida Panthers (59-19-6) vs. Washington Capitals (45-27-12)
May 7, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Capitals +170 / Florida Panthers -200; Over/Under: -6.5
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The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in game 3 of the East First Round NHL Playoffs at the Capital One Arena. The Florida Panthers look for another win to take a 2-1 series lead. The Washington Capitals look to keep home ice while going up 2-1.
The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Claude Giroux leads Florida with 1 goal, Carter Verhaeghe has 2 assists and Jonathan Huberdeau has 8 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 4 goals on 64 shots faced.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with 1 goal, Alex Ovechkin has 2 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 7 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 7 goals on 51 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed zero goals on 17 shots.
The Panthers are 19-7 in their last 26 road games and 41-14 in their last 55 overall. The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The under is 8-2-4 in Panthers last 14 overall. The under is 5-1-1 in Capitals last 7 overall. The Panthers are 6-16 in the last 22 meetings in Washington. The favorite is 38-18 in the last 56 meetings.
The Florida Panthers looked like the team we’ve seen all season in their game two victory, and they’ve now scored three or more goals in nine of their last 10 meetings against the Caps. The Washington Capitals have had defensive issues all year, and they have to be worried about the Panther’s elite offense, that has its mojo back. The Panthers have had no issues winning on the road this season, and they’ve been even better in the favorite role. I’ll side with the Panthers, and of course I lay the PL to shave down the ML price.