The Florida Panthers need to bounce back after the Game 1 upset against Washington when they host the Capitals in FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, FL, on May 5, 2022.
- Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals
- NHL – Playoffs, Eastern Conference First Round, Game 2
- Date – 5/5/2022
- 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.
Florida finished with 122 points, the seventh-most in NHL history. Of the six teams that had more, three won the NHL Championship. 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. This team is under a lot of pressure to put an end to that series which maybe took its toll in the opening game of the series.
Florida has a 58-18-6 record overall and a 32-6-0 record in home games. The Panthers have gone 25-4-1 in games their opponents serve more penalty minutes.
Anthony Duclair has scored 31 goals with 27 assists for the Panthers. Sam Reinhart has six goals and four assists over the past 10 games.
The Panthers are 6-4-0 in the last 10 games, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.3 assists, 5.1 penalties and 14.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game.
Florida Panthers News
Jonas Johansson and Markus Nutivaara are out for the Panthers for tonight.
Washington Capitals Stats & Form
The Washington Capitals came into the playoffs as the eighth seed as they finished the regular season with a 44-26-12 record.
Washington had the NHL’s best road record in the regular season, going 25-10-6 for 56 points.
They proved that they are a serious team with a winning mentality stunning the Panthers with a 4-2 win in the opening game of the series.
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 has a 24-8-5 record on the road and a 44-26-12 record overall. The Capitals are 10th in the league with 270 total goals, averaging 3.3 per game.
Alex Ovechkin has 50 goals and 41 assists for the Capitals. T.J. Oshie has scored three goals and added one assist over the last 10 games.
The Capitals are 4-4-2 in the last 10 games, averaging three goals, 4.9 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game.
Washington Capitals News
Carl Hagelin and Tom Wilson will not play for Washington tonight.
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 -152 for their win while the odds for the Capitals win are at 300. The draw is set at 396.
The total goals margin is set at 6.5 with -115 for over and -108 for under.
The Florida Panthers were the best team in the league in the 2021-22 regular season with a record that is ranked among the best ones in NHL history. Given that, the Panthers came into the Playoffs as one of the favourites to win the Stanley Cup but things didn’t start well for them as they lost the opening game 4-2 to the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference but they are a much better team than what the standings say.
They have 9 players that won the Stanley Cup in 2018 and those guys are ready to fight against anybody. That is exactly what the Capitals did in Game 1 against the best team in the league. The Panthers won all 22 regular season home games in which they had a lead going into the final period, but the Capitals did the unthinkable and won the last period by 3-0 in Game 1. They are now off the pressure and that attitude may work well for them in Game 2. Anyway, the Panthers are simply too good of a team not to bounce back after Game 1 loss. They were 34-7-0 at home during the regular season and will tie the score easily in Game 2.