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Tides are Turning in Matchup Historically Dominated by Capitals

The two defending Eastern Conference division champions will meet tonight for the first time this season with both teams once again sitting at or near the top of their respective divisions. Washington has really had Florida’s number historically speaking but as their two-game winning streak against the Capitals implies, these are not your older brother’s Panthers.

SHARK BITES
  • The Panthers are 6-2 in their last 8 games at home.
  • The Capitals are 12-4 in their last 16 games against the Panthers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Panthers' last 4 games after a loss.

Despite being badly outplayed – and outshot – in their last matchup against the Caps, the new-look Panthers beat Washington 5-2 in a game in which they were major underdogs. The Panthers have taken three of the last five games in this matchup and were dogs in all five.

Braden Holtby and Roberto Luongo are penciled in for the starts tonight and although these teams played three games against each other last season, this would be the first head-to-head matchup of the two netminders since December 2014, when Luongo outdueled Holtby in a 2-1 Panthers’ win.

These teams have been UNDER machines so far this season as there’s been just one OVER in their six combined games. Parlay the UNDER trends with the pedigree of the goalies playing tonight and you probably get a 2-1 or 3-1 result.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Florida Panthers in this one, they were listed as moneyline underdogs of 155 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Capitals to win this game 3.3-2.5. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Florida Panthers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Florida Panthers are 2-0-1 so far on the season. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, are 2-0-1. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Florida go 1-1-1 and the Capitals go 0-2-1 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Florida vs Washington injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 5 (Florida Panthers) and the No. (Washington Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Florida's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 1.33 goals allowed. The Panthers power play is averaging 0% while the Capitals defense kills off 71.43% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington was a 3-0 winner in its last match at home against the Avalanche. They won as favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Florida, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Lightning on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at -142 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing Florida
  • Florida is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Florida's last 6 games
  • Florida is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home
  • Florida is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to New York, Saturday, October 22nd
Florida home to Colorado, Saturday, October 22nd

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