The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals meet Monday in game 4 of the East First Round NHL Playoffs at the Capital One Arena. The Florida Panthers look for a win to even up the series at 2-2. The Washington Capitals have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
The Florida Panthers are averaging 2.67 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 Aleksander Barkov has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 3.67 goals per game and are killing 66.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 9 goals on 94 shots faced.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.67 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. TJ Oshie leads Washington with 2 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 3 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 12 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.67 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 1 goal on 47 shots.
The Panthers are 15-6 in their last 21 road games and 41-15 in their last 56 overall. The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The under is 8-3-4 in Panthers last 15 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Capitals last 8 overall. The Panthers are 8-20 in the last 28 meetings in Washington. The favorite is 37-18 in the last 55 meetings.
The Florida Panthers were the best team in the league this season, so there’s reason to for them to be favored. However, the Panthers haven’t looked good in two of the three games as their elite offense has been bottled up. Defense and slower pace usually rules in the playoffs, and the Panthers just haven’t been able to adjust. The Capitals have also won five of the last eight meetings against the Panthers. So, the line makes sense, but the value is on the Caps and the plus money at home.