Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals will face each other in the most exciting match on Tuesday’s action in the NHL 2021-22. It is going to be their second encounter in four days, and when Washington hosted Florida in Capital One Arena, they celebrated a 4-3 victory.
Florida lost twice in a row, and the home side wants to get back on the winning track. They are on a sound track of securing the playoffs spot and want to keep it that way. The visitors have improved their form lately, and they enjoy a three-game winning streak. Washington looks forward to a successful campaign, and they want to continue with good displays.
Florida Panthers – Can they end their losing run?
The Panthers enjoy a successful campaign, as they are second in the Atlantic Division with a 14-4-3 record. However, they go to this clash after losing twice in a row. Florida suffered a defeat against Washington on the road, while they surprisingly lost to the Kraken 4-1 on the home ice. It was their first defeat at home this season, but they want to bounce back against a strong opponent. Spencer Knight didn’t have a good time on the goal, as he conceded three times from 26 rival’s attempts.
Jonathan Huberdeau has led the Panthers’ offense with 20 points, including a team-high 13 assists. Anthony Duclair is Florida’s top scorer with nine goals, while he has produced 17 points. Aleksander Barkov has an identical record, while Aaron Ekblad has also contributed with 17 points this season. Eight other players have logged 10+ points each, while the Panthers score 3.67 goals per game on average. Sergei Bobrovsky has been excellent between the pipes this season, conceding only 2.03 goals per contest while having a .936 save percentage.
Expected Line-Up: Spencer Knight, MacKenzie Weegar, Aaron Ekblad, Anthony Duclair, Eetu Luostarinen, Carter Verhaeghe
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Washington Capitals – Will they book another victory?
The Capitals have improved their form significantly, and they booked five wins in the last six matches. That good run launched them to the top of the Metropolitan Division, having a 14-3-5 record. Washington goes to this match after celebrating three times in a row, while they had a pretty demanding schedule. After beating the Canadiens and the Panthers at home, they also win against the Hurricanes on the road. Ilya Samsonov put an excellent display, having a .938 save percentage and allowing only two goals.
Alex Ovechkin still shows the class with 37 points, including a team-high 19 goals. Evgeny Kuznetsov is Washington’s best assistant with 20, while he has contributed with a total of 27 points. John Carlson and Tom Wilson have produced 22 points each, while Dmitry Orlov is the last player with 10+ points having 12 in total. On the other hand, Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov have split the time between the pipes, allowing 2.40 goals per contest.
Expected Line-Up: Vitek Vanecek, Martin Fehervary, John Carlson, Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov
Expert Pick #1 – Capitals to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @+127
Although the Panthers have been almost unbeatable at home, it’s hard to resist backing Washington on the plus money odds. Anthony Duclair comes from an injury for the hosts, and we’ll see how much he can contribute. On the other hand, the visitors are full of confidence, and I’m taking them as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @-110
I anticipate an efficient match here, despite both teams being excellent in defense this season. The Over cashed in the Capitals’ last four games, and they should keep up in the same fashion. We could see at least six goals in this one as well, and I’m tailing the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Capitals Over 3 @+100
Washington has been pretty productive lately, scoring at least three goals on four of the previous five occasions. They netted three times in each of the last seven head-to-head clashes, and that trend might continue.