Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Capitals versus the Panthers? The puck drops at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, FL. The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Panthers are the -1.5 goal favorites against the Capitals in a Eastern conference matchup.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS FLORIDA PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Florida Panthers -1.5

This game will be played at FLA Live Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.

WHY BET THE FLORIDA PANTHERS:

  • In spite of being 1.5 goal underdogs, we anticipate the Capitals winning this one 4-3.
  • We like the Capitals on the moneyline (+189)
  • The Capitals are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Can the Capitals Offense Score Enough on the Road?

When playing on the road this season, the Capitals have gone 9-11-3 and are 12th in the Eastern Conference. In the Metropolitan Division, Washington is 7th with a record of 11-8.

Overall, the Capitals have gone 22-19-7 this season and are currently on a five-game losing streak. Over their last ten games, Washington has gone just 3-7.

On the season, Washington sits at 21-27 against the puck line, including going 5-5 over their last ten games. So far, the team has 13 losses by one goal and 17 by more than one goal.

As the underdog, the Capitals have a puck line mark of 17-16, and their average scoring margin on the road is at -1.0 goals per game. In their last ten road games, Washington is 4-6 against the puck line.

The average goal total for Washington's games is sitting at 5.6. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 20-27-1.

Across the Capitals last three road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 5. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 0-3 straight-up.

When looking at their offense, the Capitals have an average of 2.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 30th in the league. In terms of the Capitals' offense during power plays, they are 32nd in power play goals and 32nd in shorthanded goals.

Washington's leading goal scorer is Dylan Strome. So far this season, he has 19 goals, placing him 41st in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 14 assists so far.

The Panthers defense is currently 29th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27 shots per game against Florida. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 23rd with 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Darcy Kuemper has started 23 games this season. His current record stands at 11-11, and his save percentage is 0.699%.

Will the Panthers Come Through as Home Favorites?

At home this season, Florida has a record of 14-8-2. In the Eastern Conference, the Panthers are in 3rd place and have gone 15-7 against conference opponents. Overall, Florida is 31-15-4 and has won four of their last five games.

As the favorite this season, the Panthers have gone 26-12-2. In the Atlantic Division, Florida is in 2nd place with a record of 6-4. Against the rest of the Eastern Conference, the Panthers have won two straight games.

Florida comes into this game with a puck line record of 23-27, including a puck line mark of 15-25 when favored. Overall, the Panthers have 19 wins by multiple goals and have lost by multiple goals 12 times.

So far, the Panthers have played 40 games as the favorite, and their average scoring margin in those games is +.6 goals per contest. In their last 10 games at home, Florida's puck line record is just 3-7.

This season, Florida's games have an average of 5.8 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.4. The Panthers come in with an over/under performance of 18-31-1.

Across their three previous road games, Washington has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 0-3 while averaging 3 goals per game.

The Panthers come into the game scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game, putting them 13th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 2nd in the league. This season, the Panthers have a 23-13 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 6-2 record.

Florida's current leading scorer is Sam Reinhart. This season, he has 37 goals, which puts him 2nd in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 25 assists so far.

The Panthers defense is currently 29th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 27 shots per game against Florida. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 23rd with 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has started 36 games this season. His current record stands at 23-10, and his save percentage is 0.913%.