- The Washington Capitals travel south to play the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022
- The Capitals vs Panthers odds favor the hometown team by a wide margin
- Read below to find the best Capitals vs Panthers betting pick
Washington is traveling to Florida for an Eastern Conference matchup where both teams will be looking to get back in the winning column. The NHL betting odds mark the total at 6.5 for this one. Puck drop is set for 7 PM EST on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 at FLA Live Arena. Florida is favored at home in the Capitals vs Panthers odds.
Ovechkin is trying to lead an injury-depleted Capitals team to the playoffs and potentially their second Stanley Cup, while Barkov and the Panthers are hoping to make the playoffs and capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Let’s check out the Tuesday NHL odds at DraftKings Sportsbook to get a better idea of what our best betting pick is going to be in this matchup.
Washington Capitals vs Florida Panthers Odds
|O 6.5 (-125)
|U 6.5 (+105)
Odds as of November 14th at DraftKings
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Washington Capitals Betting Outlook
The Capitals are 7-8-2 falling below .500 after their 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, where Darcy Kuemper had a terrible performance allowing four goals on ninr shots. Heading into Florida, Kuemper is expected to get the start again.
With the injuries that Washington is currently dealing with it is critical for Kuemper to play well if they want any chance against this high-flying Panthers team.
Washington will be missing Wilson, Backstrom, Oshie, Brown, and potentially Orlov and Hagelin. There’s a reason why they are pegged as such big underdogs in the Capitals vs Panthers odds.
These are all players who log big minutes for the Capitals and missing them for the foreseeable future will not only have a big impact on the outcome of this game but also the season the Capitals have. Missing this many key players will put Washington in a tough position as they enter hostile territory heading into Florida.
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Most of the Capitals struggles this year have come on the road as they have started 2-5-1 when playing in the opposing teams barn. In these games it has often been the offense that has struggled as they have only scored 19 goals in these eight games.
The offensive struggles experienced by Washington could continue in this game, especially with the injuries the team has sustained.
Florida Panthers Betting Outlook
Early on in this season the Panthers have been the definition of average as they rank 15th in goals for (3.13) and 16th in goals against (3.07). However, the advanced statistics of the Panthers indicate something else as their expected goal differential is third in the league (10.31).
This suggests it may only be a matter of time before Florida gets hot as their goaltending may be in a slump.
The Panthers have been blessed with scoring throughout their lineup and they haven’t had to rely entirely on their offensive superstars for production. This balanced attack will put pressure on the Capitals, who will be forced to put players in positions they aren’t used to, due to the team’s injury problems. And with solid goaltending the Panthers could show why their expected goal differential is so high.
Florida has been great at home so far, posting a 4-1-1 record and there’s no better place for a team to heat up than in front of the home crowd. With all players, including the defense, firing on all cylinders for the Panthers they will be difficult to beat in their own barn.
Capitals vs Panthers Pick and Prediction
This game looks like it could be the perfect storm for the Panthers as they are playing at home against an injury-depleted Capitals team, who has struggled on the road all season. Not to mention Florida has been strong at home pulling out closely fought low scoring games.
The Panthers best players have looked good all season long and to the surprise of many the secondary players of Florida have also been solid. This balanced Florida team will likely be able to take advantage of struggling Washington team.
I can’t help but picture the Panthers dominating the Capitals as they look to set the tone for the rest of this three game homestand. Because of this in my opinion the best place to put your money is on Florida moneyline at -190 in the Capitals vs Panthers odds.
Pick: Panthers ML (-190)
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