Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals Prediction, Preview and Odds - 05/09/2022

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Monday, May 9, 2022
Venue:  Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Where to Watch:  TBS

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline:  Panthers -180, Capitals +150; Over/Under:  6.5 goals
Bet365:  Moneyline:  Panthers -175, Capitals +150; Over/Under:  6.5 goals
BetMGM:  Moneyline:  Panthers -175, Capitals +145; Over/Under:  6.5 goals
 

Season Record

Florida Panthers:  58-18-6 (1st place, Atlantic Division)
Washington Capitals:  44-26-12 (4th place, Metropolitan Division)
 
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Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Florida Panthers:  5-5-0 last 10
Washington Capitals:  4-4-2 last 10
 
 
 

Florida Panthers Analysis

The Panthers are coming into this game finishing the regular season with 122 points, a 58-18-6 record overall, and they were 34-7-0 in their home games this regular season where they will be in this game. They have lost 3 of their last 4 games but are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game. Their last win was against the Capitals in game 2 while their 3 losses in that span came against the Montreal Canadiens in their last game of the season and the capitals in game 1 and game 3 of this series, including their last game. They lost that game on the road 6-1. Jonathan Huberdeau scored the only goal for them in that one while Aaron Ekblad and Anthony Duclair both assisted. Sam Reinhart led the team in shots on net in that game with 5. Sergei Bobrovsky was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 5 goals on 30 shots with 25 saves and a .833 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 340 goals this season averaging 4.1 goals per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 246 goals against them allowing 3 goals per game. 
 
 

Washington Capitals Analysis

The Capitals are coming into this game finishing the regular season with 100 points, a 44-26-12 record overall, and they were 25-10-6 in their road games this regular season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Their last loss was against the Panthers in game 2 while their 2 wins in that span came against the Panthers in game 1 and in their last game which was game 3 of this series. They won that game at home 6-1. John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Alexander Ovechkin, Garnet Hathaway, T. J. Oshie, and Trevor van Riemsdyk each scored 1 goal for them in that one. Nicklas Bäckström led the team in shots on net in that game with 5. Ilya Samsonov was the starting goalie in that game and he allowed 1 goal on 30 shots with 29 saves and a .967 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 275 goals this season averaging 3.4 goals per game and their defense has allowed their opponents to score 245 goals against them allowing 3 goals per game. 
 
 

 

Panthers vs Capitals Prediction

The Capitals are coming into this game as a big underdog with the current betting odds. They have been playing very well in the playoffs so far and they have a 2-1 lead in the series coming into this game. They have played very well against the Panthers all season as well and the Panthers have had a very bad record over the past few years when playing in Washington. The Panthers have had 2 bad games where they did not play well and they have already lost their home advantage in this series as well. The Panthers have been very frustrated in their games and that never leads to good hockey. The Capitals have plenty of playoff experience to lean on in this series and they have the momentum with them coming into this game. They have a good chance to upset the Panthers here and even win the series as Brobovsky has not been good either. The best bet here is on the Capitals to win this game.
 
Panthers Capitals Prediction:  Our NHL Pick for Monday, May 9, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Capitals 5 Panthers 3.
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NHL Betting Trends

 
Florida Panthers: 134-86 (+22.1 Units) ML in all games. 78-46 (+14.4 Units) ML after one or more consecutive overs. 27-19 OVER after one or more consecutive overs.
Washington Capitals: 42-38 (-19.4 Units) in a home game where the total is 6 or more. 19-23 (-12.8 Units) ML after allowing 1 goal or less in their previous game. 127-87 OVER in all games.
 

Key Injuries

 
Florida Panthers:  M. Nutivaara (D) Out indefinitely - Lower Body injury.
Washington Capitals:  T. Wilson (RW) Ques Sat - Lower Body injury. C. Hagelin (LW) out for season - Face injury. J. Snively (LW) Out indefinitely - Wrist injury.
 
 

Notable Quotes

 
“To me, frustration’s taken over, for some reason. When you get frustrated, it usually means you’re not working hard enough. Our compete has not been what it has been all year. It could be nerves. But we have to find a way. You get frustrated when you’re not working hard. That’s kind of the case right now. You do undisciplined things because you’re frustrated.” - Andrew Brunette after his team’s loss against the Capitals in game 3 on Saturday.
 
 
“We all know playoffs have their swings and momentums. A team wins one game, the other team is going to make some adjustments and come at you twice as hard the next game. They did that in Game 2 and it was our turn to respond in Game 3, and I think the boys did a really good job from the drop of the puck all the way through.” - T.J. Oshie after their win against the Panthers in game 3 on Saturday.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Florida Panthers
LW Huberdeau, Jonathan
C Barkov, Aleksander
RW Duclair, Anthony
LD Weegar, MacKenzie
RD Ekblad, Aaron
G Bobrovsky, Sergei
 
Washington Capitals
LW Ovechkin, Alex
C Evgeny Kuznetsov
RW SOshie, T.J.
LD Fehérváry, Martin
RD Carlson, John
G Samsonov, Ilya
 

Statistical Leaders


 
Florida Panthers
Points: J. Huberdeau (115)
Goals: A. Barkov (39)
Assists: J. Huberdeau (85)
GAA: S. Bobrovsky (2.67)
 
Washington Capitals
Points: A. Ovechkin (90)
Goals: A. Ovechkin (50)
Assists: J. Carlson (54)
GAA:  V. Vanecek (2.67)
 
Coaches:
Florida Panthers: Andrew Brunette (Interim)
Washington Capitals: Peter Laviolette (2nd season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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