The Washington Capitals meet the Florida Panthers for Game 1 of their seven-game playoff series in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs from the BB&T Center in Miami, Florida. Florida won two of the three meetings between these teams, including both home contests, so let’s see what’s the best Capitals vs. Panthers betting pick for Tuesday evening.
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Capitals vs Panthers Betting Pick
This game will be played at the BB&T Center in Miami, Florida at 7:30 PM ET on Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Why Bet The Panthers:
✅ The Florida Panthers had the best home record in the NHL, finishing the regular season 34-7-0. The team lost their final home contest of the season, losing to Tampa Bay on April 24, 8-4. However, they had won 11 straight home games prior to the loss.
✅ The home team won all three meetings between these clubs this season. The Florida Panthers defeated the Washington Capitals in both home meetings and are 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between these teams at the BB&T Center in Miami.
✅ The Florida Panthers are the No. 1 offense in the NHL, averaging 4.11 goals per game. That is nearly one goal more per contest (0.82) than what Washington produces. The Capitals are averaging 3.29 goals per game. Both clubs are allowing 2.95 goals per contest.
The Washington Capitals (44-26-12; 42-40 ATS) dropped their final four games of the season, but still earn the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals were 4-4-2 in their final 10 games and were outstanding on the road at 25-10-6.
If Washington is going to win the series, they are going to need to improve on their special teams. The club was 23rd on the power-play at (18.8%) and 12th in penalty killing (80.4%). Alex Ovechkin reached the 50-goal plateau and had 16 power-play goals, but he was the only player with double-digit power-play goal numbers. Ovechkin (29), Evgeny Kuznetsov (27) and John Carlson (25) each had at least 25 points on the power-play, but the next best was Nicklas Backstrom with 14.
The Florida Panthers (58-18-6; 42-40 ATS) closed out the regular season by going 1-3-0 in their final four games, but finished 7-3-0 over their final 10. The Panthers had the top record in the NHL with 122 points and finished 34-7-0 at home, the top home record in the NHL.
Florida has been a scoring machine this season, led by Jonathan Huberdeau with 115 points, including a team-leading 85 assists. He had 38 points on the power-play, one of five players with at least 20 power-play points for the team. Sam Reinhart had 31 power-play points and was one of four players with at least 30 goals scored. The Panthers were fifth in the power-play (24.4%) and 16th in penalty killing (79.5%).