Bet Panthers +105 over Capitals

Ross Benjamin

Friday, December 13, 2013 1:18 PM GMT

The Panthers host the Capitals at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida with the opening puck drop at 7:35 PM ET. Let's take a look at the odds and see who we want in our NHL picks.

According to NHL betting odds Washington is a -115 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Washington has defeated Florida in 21 of their last 28 head-to-head meetings. The home team has won 10 of the last 13 meetings between these two clubs.

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The Teams Standings

Heading into this game the Washington Capitals are currently 2nd in the 8-team Metropolitan Division, and are 5th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals trail the division leading Pittsburgh Penguins by 7-points, and they have a game in hand on the Penguins.

The Florida Panthers are currently 7th in the 8-team Atlantic Division, and 14th overall in the Eastern Conference. At the time of this writing the Panthers were 7-points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Capital Gains

The Capitals have been steadily climbing the ladder in the Eastern Conference standings winning their last 3, and 5 of their last 6-games overall. They’re coming off an exciting 6-5 home overtime shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. They rallied from a 3-1 and 4-2 deficit in the game, and finally tied it at 5-5 on Alexander Ovechkin’s 4th goal of the game with just 0:33 left in the 3rd period. Ovechkin now has 26-goals in the first 31-games of the season. The Capitals have gone under the total in 8 of their last 11-games.

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Heating up in Florida

The Panthers enter tonight riding a bit of momentum after winning 3 of their last 4-games. Their most recent game was on Tuesday when they were a 3-2 home winner in an overtime shootout versus the Detroit Red Wings. The Panthers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to start the 3rd period to tie the game, and force the extra session. That contest was just the 2nd time the Panthers stayed under the total in their last 7-games. Florida is currently 27th in scoring offense, and 28th in scoring defense out of the 30 teams in the NHL.

NHL Super System

Any money line home underdog of +100 to +150 that’s coming off a home 1-goal win, and is playing with same season revenge from a road loss is 25-13 (65.8%) since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season. Let's add the Panthers to our NHL picks.

Free Pick: Florida +105 over Washington