Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals 1/4/2015 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 1/3/2015
Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM ET
Verizon Center in Washington DC
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The Florida Panthers will be playing in the second of six consecutive road games when they visit the Washington Capitals on Sunday. The Panthers and the Caps have played each other twice so far this season, with both teams picking up a home win.
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On Friday night, the Panthers snapped their two-game losing skid by beating the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on the road. Veteran goalie Roberto Luongo picked up his second shutout of the season in that win by stopping all 30 of the Sabres' shots.
The Panthers have barely been able to score over two goals per game this season and are near the bottom of the league in power play percentage. Their best all-around player has been center Nick Bjugstad, who has 14 goals and eight assists in his 36 games this season.
In the Winter Classic on Thursday, the Capitals picked up an exciting 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. They were the more physical team in that win, outhitting the Blackhawks 24-10 to help them pick up the victory.
The Caps are currently in the top 10 in the league in scoring by averaging 2.9 goals per game. Left wing Alex Ovechkin now has 18 goals and 14 assists in 37 games this season, while center Nicklas Backstrom leads the team in points with 38. Netminder Braden Holtby has a 17-8-6 record with three shutouts, a 2.27 GAA and a .920 save percentage.
Florida Panthers Betting Trends
Florida Panthers are 17-19-0 Against the Spread
Florida Panthers are 13-16-0 against the Over/Under
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
Washington Capitals are 19-18-0 Against the Spread
Washington Capitals are 17-18-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/17/14 LW Shawn Thornton Groin out indefinitely
01/03/15 LW Tomas Fleischmann Lower Body "?" Sunday vs. Washington
01/02/15 D Erik Gudbranson Upper Body "?" Sunday vs. Washington
01/02/15 RW Tomas Kopecky Upper Body "?" Sunday vs. Washington
10/24/14 D John Erskine Neck out 3-6 months
10/08/14 D Dmitry Orlov Wrist out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Aaron Volpatti Neck out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Washington
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