Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals - 5/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals - 5/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (46-28-13) vs Florida Panthers (61-20-6)

Game Info: Friday, May 13, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals +155 / Florida Panthers -192 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Capitals host the Florida Panthers in Friday NHL Playoff Action

The Florida Panthers come into game 6 of their series against Washington, looking to move on to the second round. In their last game, the Panthers picked up the 5-3 win. On the season, they have found the net 340 times, good for a rank of 1st among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Florida is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.95 goals per game. So far, the Panthers have a strength of schedule rating of 32nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 1st ranked team in the NHL.

The Washington Capitals are hoping to push this series to a game 7, after falling on the road in game 6. Through 82 games, the Capitals have scored 275 goals, giving them an average of 3.29. This output gives them a rank of 10th among NHL teams. On defense, Washington is the 12th-ranked unit, giving up 2.95 goals per contest. So far, the Capitals have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Washington's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 13th in the NHL.

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Through 82 games, the Florida Panthers' leading goal scorer is Aleksander Barkov. With his 49 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 88. On the season, he is turning 18.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Panthers have benefited from the strong play of Jonathan Huberdeau, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Florida's 82 games, he has come up with 30 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.5%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of 35. Florida's top goalie is Sergei Bobrovsky, who is giving up an average of 2.67 goals per game. In his 54 games played, he has turned in 33 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 77 games, the Washington Capitals' goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin, with 90 points. He has reached his mark of 50 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 54 assists to go along with his 24 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +7.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 3.02 goals per game. In his 44 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 33 percent of the time.

Heading into game 6, the over-under betting line sits at 6.5 goals. So far, the Capitals and Panthers have surpassed this number twice. In this crucial game, I recommend taking the over. In all but one contest, at least one team has reached 4 goals scored. In particular, I expect the Panthers to have another good scoring night against a Washington goalie unit that struggles in high-danger scoring situations.

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