Panthers vs. Capitals Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks – NHL Playoffs First Round Game 3

by | May 6, 2022

Game 3 of the NHL Playoffs First Round on Saturday, May 7 features the Florida Panthers visiting the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena at 1:00 PM ET. The series is tied 1-1. The sportsbooks have made the Panthers heavy favorites at -196 on the moneyline, despite being the visitors, and the Capitals are at +164. Find more below on the Panthers vs. Capitals betting line, injury report, head-to-head stats, best bets and more.

Panthers vs. Capitals Spread and Betting Line

Panthers vs Capitals Betting Information
Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Panthers -196 Capitals +164

Panthers vs. Capitals Game Info

  • Game Day: Saturday, May 7, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:00 PM ET
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Arena: Capital One Arena

Computer Predictions for Panthers vs. Capitals

Computer picks for Panthers vs Capitals
ATS Over/Under Score Prediction
Capitals (+1.5) Over (6.5) Capitals 4 Panthers 3

Panthers vs. Capitals Betting Trends

  • Florida has gone 56-21 as the oddsmakers’ favorite this season.
  • In 41 games with moneyline oddds shorter than -196, the Panthers have 32 wins.
  • Florida has a 66.2% chance of winning this game, according to the moneyline odds.

Florida Panthers Leaders

  • Jonathan Huberdeau is one of Florida’s top contributors with 115 points. He has 30 goals and 85 assists this season.
  • Aleksander Barkov Jr. has 39 goals and 49 assists to total 88 points (1.3 per game).
  • Sam Reinhart has 84 total points for Florida, with 33 goals and 51 assists.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky has a record of 39-7-3. He has allowed 137 goals (2.67 goals against average) and recorded 1428 saves.

Florida Panthers Season Stats

  • The Panthers are the highest-scoring squad in the NHL with an average of 4.1 goals per game, resulting in 337 this season.
  • On defense, the Panthers have conceded 242 goals (3.0 per game) to rank 12th in NHL play.
  • Their +95 goal differential is top-rated in the league.
  • The 64 power-play goals the Panthers have scored this season have come on 262 power-play chances, ranking them second-best in the NHL.
  • The Panthers’ offense ranks fifth the league with a 24.4% power-play conversion rate.
  • The Panthers’ offense has scored 12 shorthanded goals this season (second among all squads).
  • The Panthers rank 16th in the NHL in penalty-kill success rate at 79.5%.
  • The Panthers’ players win 48.2% of their faceoffs to rank 22nd in the league.
  • The Panthers connect on 11% of their shots, ranking fourth in the NHL.
  • The Panthers’ players are still looking for their first shutout win this season. As a team, they are averaging 25 hits and 12.1 blocked shots per game.

Capitals vs. Panthers Betting Trends

  • The Capitals have been the underdog 31 times this season, and upset their opponent in 16, or 51.6%, of those games.
  • Washington has three games this season playing as the underdog by +164 or longer, and is 2-1 in those contests.
  • The moneyline implies a 37.9% chance to win for the Capitals.

Washington Capitals Leaders

  • Alex Ovechkin’s 50 goals and 41 assists in 77 contests give him 91 points on the season, making him a key part of his team’s offense.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov is key for Washington’s offense with 78 total points (one per game), including 24 goals and 54 assists through 79 games.
  • John Carlson has 17 goals and 54 assists, for a season point total of 71.
  • Washington’s Ilya Samsonov is 23-12-5 this season, collecting 1026 saves and giving up 119 goals (3.0 goals against average) with an .896 save percentage (55th in the league).

Washington Capitals Season Stats

  • The Capitals have the league’s 10th-best scoring offense (270 total goals, 3.3 per game).
  • The Capitals’ 242 total goals allowed (3.0 per game) rank 12th in the league.
  • Their +28 goal differential ranks 12th in the league.
  • The Capitals have put up 47 power-play goals this season (19th in the NHL) on 256 power-play chances.
  • The Capitals have an 18.4% power-play conversion rate, the league’s No. 24 percentage.
  • The Capitals have scored eight shorthanded goals this season (ninth among NHL squads).
  • The 80.4% of opponent power plays the Capitals kill is the 12th-ranked penalty-kill percentage in the league.
  • The Capitals have the 30th-ranked faceoff win percentage in the NHL (47.1%).
  • The Capitals are shooting 10.5% (eighth in the league).
  • The Capitals have not had a shutout win yet this season.

Panthers and Capitals Injury Report

Panthers: Markus Nutivaara: Out (Undisclosed), Jonas Johansson: Out (COVID-19)

Capitals: Carl Hagelin: Out (Eye), Tom Wilson: Day To Day (Lower Body)

Betting Tips for Panthers vs. Capitals

Our best bet is Capitals on the moneyline at 164 and Capitals (+1.5) against the spread after digging through all of the key stats and trends for this matchup. Our computer predicts the scoring will go over the total of 6.5 goals.

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