Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 11/8/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Florida Panthers vs Washington Capitals
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: Monumental Sports Network
Odds/Point Spread: Panthers (-167) Capitals (+135)
The Washington Capitals (5-4-1) will try to defeat the Florida Panthers (6-4-1) at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. The line on this contest has Florida at -167 while Washington is priced at +135. The total has been set at 7.
The Florida Panthers went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jackets in their previous game. Florida compiled 6 minutes in the box in this contest. The Panthers had a good offensive outing in the victory. They also had 1 power play opportunity but weren't able to score. For the game, they converted 5 out of the 47 shots they put on net.
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Florida Panthers opponents have totaled 38 power play opportunities (18th in hockey) and have racked up 11 goals in those chances. The Panthers thus far have had 305 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .895. Florida has attempted 389 shots and has a shot percentage of 8.0%. When at even strength, the Panthers have conceded 21 goals while having 26 on the offensive side of the ice. Florida has accounted for 37 power play opportunities and they have scored 5 goals out of those attempts, giving them a rate of 13.51%. For the current campaign, they have accumulated 13 points and their points percentage sits at .591. Regarding their scoring, the Florida Panthers have earned 31 goals (24th in pro hockey) on the campaign and have conceded 32.
The player guarding the cage in this matchup is Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky has been in net for 651 contests during his pro hockey career. He has accumulated a win-loss mark of 365-210-52 and he has started in 635 games. The opposition has racked up 1,627 goals against Bobrovsky in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per contest is 2.61. Bobrovsky has had 19,086 shots taken against him and he has 17,459 saves. His save percentage is .915 for his 37,446 minutes on the ice. For his career, Bobrovsky has earned 364 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .573.
In their last game, Washington faced the Blue Jackets in a matchup where the Capitals ended up with the win by a final of 2-1. They had 3 power play opportunities in this matchup but weren't able to put one in the back of the net. The Capitals scored 2 goals of the 27 shots on goal they attempted.
Washington has attempted 296 shots (29th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 6.42%, while allowing their opponents 299 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 79.41% on their opponents 34 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.0%. They have a total of 31 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 9.68%. The Capitals are sitting with 16 goals at even strength and 3 goals (31st in professional hockey) while on the power play. They have granted a total of 30 goals to be scored by way of 23 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they were shorthanded. For the season, the Washington Capitals have notched a total of 19 goals, 11 points, and a points percentage of .550.
On the other side of the ice you are going to see Darcy Kuemper defending the goal. Kuemper has accumulated a lifetime mark of 168-124-44 and has been in net for 363 contests. Kuemper's rate of quality starts sits at 55.1% and he has 190 quality starts in his hockey career. He has accounted for 9,492 stops out of the 10,365 shots tried, giving him a percentage of .916. The opposition is averaging 2.55 goals/game and he has allowed 873 goals altogether. He got the starting nod in 345 games and has played 20,511 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington (+135)
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