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Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers - 2/9/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Capital One Arena
Washington, D.C.
The Line
The Line: Florida Panthers +155 / Washington Capitals -190 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
FSFL, NSWA
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The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The Florida Panthers look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 27 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Florida with 24 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 38 assists and Aleksander Barkov has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Roberto Luongo has given up 75 goals on 729 shots faced and James Reimer has allowed 76 goals on 765 shots. The Florida Panthers have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 37 goals, John Carlson has 41 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 55 goals on 573 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 108 goals on 1,173 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in each of their last four games.

The Panthers are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog, 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Capitals are 123-59 in their last 182 home games, 2-6 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 overall. The over is 5-2 in Capitals last 7 overall. The Panthers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. 

The Florida Panthers have won four of the last five meetings against the Washington Capitals and are quietly turning their season around with some nice victories. The Washington Capitals have found ways to finish games this week, but they've still lost eight of their last 11 games and have been burning money as a favorite. In terms of value and the recent history between these two sides, there's reason to consider the Panthers on the road as an underdog.

Pick:
Florida Panthers +155

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