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Capitals vs Panthers Hockey Game Preview

Washington Capitals

Florida Panthers
17-12-2 December 13, 2013, 07:30 PM | BB&T Center 10-17-5

Washington pays a visit to Florida on Friday, hoping to shut down the Panthers snipers in hockey action at BankAtlantic Center.

The Panthers currently sport a record of 10-17-5. The Capitals are 17-12-2. Betting totals have seen the Panthers post a 14-14-4 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Capitals have gone 14-17 against the number.

View Washington Capitals vs Florida Panthers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Panthers as 100 moneyline underdogs in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

This game matches up the No. 25 (Panthers) and the No. 17 (Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Washington won its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Lightning on December 10. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -145 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

The Panthers were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida's No. 26-ranked offense (2.28 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.9 goals per game allowed. The Panthers powerplay has clicked at a 11.01% rate while the Capitals have a 82.61% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Washington home to Philadelphia, Sunday, December 15th
Florida at Montreal, Sunday, December 15th