Capitals vs Panthers Pick and Predictions 05/05/2022
May 5, 2022
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After defeating the Florida Panthers in the first game of their Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the Washington Capitals will look to take a two-game lead when they face off against the Presidents' Trophy defending champion in Game Two.
The team finished the regular season with an 8th place record in the Eastern Conference. In the first game of the series, Tom Wilson, TJ Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Lars Eller each scored a goal. Vitek Vanecek was solid in net, stopping 30 out of 32 shots.
The Florida Panthers were able to secure first place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season. However, they lost the first game of their series against the Washington Capitals, falling behind early and eventually losing 4-2.
Capitals vs Panthers
Why bet on Capitals?
✅ Washington finished 4th in the Metropolitan Division with a 44-36 record
✅ Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 91 points and 338 shots
✅ Washington has an ATS record of 43-40
Why bet on Panthers?
✅ Florida finished first in the Atlantic Division with a 58-18 record
✅ Jonathan Huberdeau leads the team with 115 points while Sam Bennet has 243 shots
✅ Florida has an over/under record of 44-31
The Washington Capitals were able to carry their offensive load throughout the regular season, as they were able to score 3.33 goals per game. The team's leading goal-scorer this season was Tom Wilson. The team will also look to continue to rely on the play of Alexander Ovechkin, who has been leading the team in both goals and assists this season.
The offensive performance of the team was the main reason why it was able to win the first game of the series against the Florida Panthers. However, the team's defense was also able to limit the damage caused by the barraging attack.
The team was led by the offensive performance of its players, as they were able to score 4.16 goals per game. However, in Game One, the team's offensive unit struggled, as both Sam Bennett and Claude Giroux scored, and the rest of the forwards failed to create effective scoring chances.
The team's defense also struggled in Game One, allowing four goals. The defensive pillar for the team was expected to be Aaron Ekblad and Mackenzie Weegar, who had combined for 9.8 defensive point shares during the regular season.
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