Capitals vs Panthers Prediction - NHL Picks 2/24/24

Florida Panthers (37-16-4) vs Washington Capitals (26-21-8)

Game Info: Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 6:00 pm (Amerant Bank Arena)

Betting Odds: Florida Panthers -217 / Washington Capitals +175 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers face off on Saturday in an NHL showdown at Amerant Bank Arena.  Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Capitals vs Panthers prediction.

Capitals Have Won Three Straight Games

The Capitals have won three straight games and they have to have a ton of confidence heading into this game. The Capitals in the last game faced off against the Tampa Bay Lightning and they were able to secure the 5-3 victory. Connor McMichael had a strong game putting up two goals. The Capitals on the season is averaging 2.53 goals while their defense is giving up 3.05 goals per game. The offense is ranked 30th, and the offense hasn’t been good enough. Alex Ovechkin has scored 16 goals and added 26 assists so far this season. 

Can Panthers Offense Bounce Back?

The Panthers in the last game faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes and the defense gave up only one goal, but they still ended up losing. The Panthers had 44 shots on goal, but they just faced a brick wall in goal. The Panthers are averaging 3.28 goals while their defense is giving up 2.4 goals per game. The offense is ranked 13th in the league, while the defense is ranked 2nd. Sam Reinhart has scored 39 goals and added 28 assists so far this season. 

Florida Panthers Player Prop Facts

  • Sam Reinhart has scored the last goal in three of the Panthers' last four games against the Capitals.
  • Sam Reinhart has scored a goal in seven of the Panthers' last eight games against the Capitals.
  • Matthew Tkachuk has recorded at least one point in each of the Panthers' last 11 Saturday games.
  • Matthew Tkachuk has recorded at least one assist in each of the Panthers' last six games as favorites.
  • Sam Reinhart ranks 1st in the league for Power Play Goals (22) this season.

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Ovechkin has scored at least one goal in six of the Capitals' last seven games as underdogs.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded at least one point in each of the Capitals' last 10 games.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded an assist in each of his last four appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • John Carlson ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference for average time on ice (25:55) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Florida Panthers rank 2nd in the league for goals against per game this season (2.40).
  • The Florida Panthers rank 4th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (83.33%).
  • The Washington Capitals rank 30th in the league for goals per game this season (2.53).
  • The Washington Capitals rank 26th in the league in power play percentage this season (15.89%).

Capitals vs Panthers Betting Prediction 

The Capitals offense has been a major issue all season, and they aren’t going to be a lot better here. The Capitals are averaging 2.53 goals, and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. The Panthers defense is ranked second and they are going to lockdown with their defense here. This going to be a comfortable victory by Florida here. Back the Panthers on the puck line. 

Shane’s Pick Panthers -1.5

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