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.
- The Panthers are 3-12 SU in their last 15 games versus 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 one. 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.