Washington vs Florida: prediction for the NHL game
The Capitals square off against the Panthers in the 6th game of their last-16 match. Currently, Florida are in the lead (3-2), but can they win on Friday and advance to the quarterfinals? Here's our prediction.
Throughout the season, Washington had problems on defense, and they were especially apparent in the last game against the Panthers. After losing in a bitter struggle (2:3 OT) at home, the Capitals were defeated (3:5) at Florida. In that last game, the Capitals were leading 3:0, but could not maintain that advantage.
The team gives too much space to the opponent and is a bit too slow on defense. As a rule, if Washington concede over two goals, they cannot win. Peter Laviolette has to find a way to improve the defensive performance of his team.
Florida stick to the same open brand of hockey they demonstrated in the regular season. Currently, Carter Verhaeghe is the top scorer for the Panthers, he has already scored five goals in the playoffs.
Sergei Bobrovsky has been solid in goal. On average, he makes 30 saves per game. On the other hand, Brunette's men haven't yet scored during power play - this is quite atypical for the Panthers.
The Capitals scored under 4 goals in 3 out of 5 games.
In 4 out of 5 games between the teams, more than one goal was scored in the first period.
We believe that Florida can end this series today. The Panthers are in great form and just got a confidence-boosting victory at Washington. Brunette's charges create more scoring chances, so they should get the upper hand in the upcoming fixture.
Our prediction - Florida to win
Florida average over three goals both at home and away. In the last game, they scored five goals - we suggest playing their individual total and taking the over.
Second wager - Florida IT over 3.5 goals