The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals meet Friday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena. The Florida Panthers look to build on their four-game winning streak. The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games.
The Florida Panthers are averaging 3.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Aleksander Barkov leads Florida with 9 goals, Jonathan Huberdeau has 13 assists and Aaron Ekblad has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Florida Panthers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 22 goals on 366 shots faced, and Spencer Knight has allowed 23 goals on 240 shots.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 15 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 17 assists and John Carlson has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 28 goals on 299 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed 18 goals on 225 shots.
The Panthers are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The under is 7-2 in Panthers last 9 road games. The under is 6-2-1 in Capitals last 9 Friday games. The Panthers are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Florida Panthers have been arguably the best team in hockey since the start of the season, and they’re not a team you should be eager to bet against in the underdog role. Yes, the Capitals are great in their own right and are usually money at home, but the Panthers and the cheaper price isn’t something I’m betting against. Give me the road team here.