The Florida Panthers will try to stay on top of the Eastern Conference when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL, on May 3, 2022.
- Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals
- NHL – Playoffs, Eastern Conference First Round
- Date – 3/5/2022
- Starting time – 7.30 PM ET
- Venue: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL
Florida Panthers Stats & Form
The Florida Panthers were the best team in the regular season in the entire league as they finished with a 58-18-6 record.
Recently the Panthers were on a 13-game winning streak before losing 3 of the last 4 games to close out the season.
Florida finished with 122 points, the seventh-most in NHL history. Of the six teams that had more, three won the Cup
The Panthers haven’t won a playoff series in 26 years going back to the 1996 Eastern Conference finals, by far the longest active drought in the NHL.
They won the Presidents’ Trophy this season, and the last 10 teams that finished a full 82-game season with the league’s best record failed to win the Stanley Cup.
Florida has two players that have been part of championship teams, Patric Hornqvist and Carter Verhaeghe.
Florida Panthers News
Aaron Ekblad, Radko Gudas and Markus Nutivaara are out for the Panthers.
Washington Capitals Stats & Form
The Washington Capitals are going into the playoffs as the eighth seed as they finished the regular season with a 44-26-12 record.
The Capitals lost the last 4 games to close out the regular season and they are going into the series against the Panthers with a “nothing to lose” attitude.
Washington had the NHL’s best road record in the regular season, going 25-10-6 for 56 points.
The Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018, and still have nine players whose names were etched on the side of hockey’s chalice after that season along with four other players who won titles with other teams.
Washington Capitals News
Joseph Snively and Carl Hagelin will not play for Washington.
Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals Head-to-Head Stats
The Florida Panthers have won 6 of the last 10 games against Washington.
Nine of the last ten games between these two have finished over 5.5 goals.
Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals Betting Odds
The Florida Panthers are favourites to defeat Washington with the odds at -134 for their win while the odds for the Capitals win are at 260. The draw is set at 392.
The total goals margin is set at 6.5 with -103 for over and -120 for under.
The Florida Panthers were the best team in the entire league in the regular season and there is only one goal in front of them in the Playoffs. They are the top contender to win the Eastern Conference and only the Colorado Avalanche seems like a team that can stand in their way of winning it all this season. However, the Panthers need to win 12 games to get to the finals and their journey starts with the Washington Capitals.
Florida won 2 of 3 games against Washington this season and are definitely the better team but the Capitals are not a team that can and should be underestimated. As long as Alex Ovechkin is playing the way he is, Washington is capable to score that one extra goal and win any given game. Still, the Panthers will make a statement tonight with an easy win over the Capitals in a high-scoring game.