The Washington Capitals visit the Florida Panthers on Thursday night for Game 2 of their best-of-seven series. Washington pulled off the opening night shocker and defeated Florida on Tuesday.
The Capitals trailed 2-1 heading into the 3rd period. They proceeded to score 3 unanswered goals in the 3rd to send Florida fans to the exits.
Even though he was tagged with the loss, Sergei Bobrovsky was solid. He stopped 34 of 37 shots and kept his team in the game. The top-ranked Florida offense just couldn’t answer the call in the final period, and they failed to score.
Tuesday marked the first time this season the the winner in this matchup was not playing in front of their home crowd. Previously, the Panthers lead the season series 2-1 and won both of their home games.
Florida fans shouldn’t panic after Game 1. The Panthers are still favorites to win the series, something that hasn’t happened since 1996. The Game 2 odds favor the Panthers to bounce back and have a stronger offensive performance.
Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers Game 2 Betting Odds and Matchup Information
- Matchup: Washington Capitals (1-0) vs. Florida Panthers (0-1)
- Venue: FLA Live Arena (Sunrise, FL)
- Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch Capitals vs. Panthers Game 2: TBS
Capitals vs. Panthers Game 2 Odds
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- Puck Line: Capitals +1.5 (-120), Panthers -1.5 (+100)
- Over/Under: Over 7 (+114), Under 7 (-140)
- Moneyline: Capitals +220, Panthers -275
- Puck Line: Capitals +1.5 (-115), Panthers -1.5 (-105)
- Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-135), Under 6.5 (+115)
- Moneyline: Capitals +220, Panthers -270
- Puck Line: Capitals +1.5 (-112), Panthers -1.5 (-107)
- Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-136), Under 6.5 (+112)
- Moneyline: Capitals +215, Panthers -250
Florida’s Offense to Rebound
The Florida Panthers are all too familiar with the position they are in. They have not lead a playoff series 1-0 since 1997. However, they have never been the best team in the NHL regular season either.
The Panthers set records this season for goals scored, but they just weren’t able to get more than 2 past Vitek Vanecek in Game 1.
The Florida offense doesn’t stay down for too long. This season, they have had the ability to score in large numbers and come back in games where they are down by multiple goals.
Just because they lost Game 1, does not mean that the series is over. With a win on Thursday night, they can reclaim home ice advantage and make the series a best-of-five for the remainder of Round 1.
I expect the Panthers to highlight a more offensive attack in Game 2. They sat back a lot in Game 1 and were outshot 38-32. I predict a back-and-forth game with plenty of scoring and a 1 goal victory for the Panthers.
Capitals vs. Panthers Prediction and Best Bets
Capitals vs. Panthers Prediction: Panthers 5, Capitals 4
Bapitals vs. Panthers Best Bets: Panthers on the moneyline (-250 at BetRivers and -270 at Caesars Sportsbook) and Over 7 total goals (+114 at FanDuel Sportsbook)
The Over/Under provides great value in this matchup. Both teams have strong offenses, and Washington has already proven that they can beat Sergei Bobrovsky in the series. Florida will surely bounce back on offense and score more than twice like they did in Game 1.
If you are looking to bet on the Capitals in this game, the best bet would be the puck line. I expect a close game, and their line sits at +1.5 on all our trusted sportsbooks. It certainly provides some extra value, even if the Capitals don’t win the game.
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