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Washington Hasn't Been Kind to Panthers

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The NHL returns from a successful All-Star break with the two top teams in the Eastern Conference squaring off as the Washington Capitals host the Florida Panthers Tuesday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Panthers are 3-12 SU in their last 15 games vs the Capitals.
  • The Panthers are 4-1 SU in their last five games as underdogs.
  • The Capitals are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Caps at -160 on home ice, with the visitors, who haven't won there since 2010, priced at +130. The total is sitting at 5 goals with OVER -120 and UNDER -110.

The Caps were the best team in the league prior to All-Star Weekend as they won 35 games and tallied a whopping 74 points. Barry Trotz has the team playing great two-way hockey as the team leads the league with 3.32 goals scored per game and are second in the league allowing just 2.19 goals per game. That said, reports indicate that backup netminder Philipp Grubauer will be the one to start between the pipes for the Caps Tuesday.

The Panthers are the one team that has achieved a lower goals against average this season, allowing just 2.18 per contest. The Panthers don’t score with the frequency that the Caps do, tallying just 2.65 per game, but are in the driver's seat in the Atlantic Division with 63 points.

The two teams have played twice this season – both in Sunrise – and each team has won once. The Panthers have had a tough time in their travels to the Nation’s capital, however, having lost their last 10 contests at the Verizon Center.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Florida Panthers opened as 155 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.3-2.1 result in favor of the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Capitals bring a 35-8-4 record to the battle against the 29-15-5 Panthers. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Washington go 19-19-9 so far and the Panthers go 17-23-9. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Florida injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Washington Capitals at No. 1 and the Florida Panthers at No. 11 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 1-ranked offense (3.36 goals per game) against a Florida Panthers defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 28.26% rate while the Panthers have a 83.23% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Florida won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Maple Leafs on January 26. Bettors who backed the Panthers at -163 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Capitals were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Flyers. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at +196 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Florida is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games
  • Florida is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • Florida is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games when playing Washington
  • Washington is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
  • Washington is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Florida home to Detroit, Thursday, February 4th
Washington home to New York, Thursday, February 4th

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