Panthers vs Capitals NHL 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs odds, preview, prediction

Jonathan Huberdeau Panthers Capitals NHL odds
Jonathan Huberdeau of the Panthers (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference: Atlantic #1 Florida Panthers vs. Wild Card #2 Washington Capitals

How To Watch

Game Date Time (ET) Host TV
1 Tuesday, May 3 7:30 p.m. FLA ESPN2
2 Thursday, May 5 7:30 p.m. FLA TBS
3 Saturday, May 7 1 p.m. WSH ESPN
4 Monday, May 9 7 p.m. WSH TBS
5* TBD
6* TBD
7* TBD

*If necessary

Tale of the Tape

Panthers STAT Capitals
58-18-6 (122 pts) Record 44-26-12 (100 pts)
4.16 (1st) Goals Per Game 3.33 (10th)
2.99 (T-12) Goals Allowed Per Game 2.99 (T-12)
+94 Goal Differential +30
34-7-0 Home, 24-11-6 Away Home/Away Record 19-16-6 Home, 25-10-6 Away
24.14% (7th) Power Play 18.73% (23rd)
79.77% (15th) Penalty Kill 80.27% (13th)

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Florida leaders

Aleksander Barkov
Aleksander Barkov (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Jonathan Huberdeau, LW:  30 goals, 85 assists, 115 points
  • Aleksander Barkov, C: 39 goals, 49 assists, 88 points
  • Sam Reinhart, C:  33 goals, 49 assists, 82 points

Washington leaders

Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Alex Ovechkin, LW: 50 goals, 40 assists, 90 points
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov, C: 24 goals, 54 assists, 78 points
  • John Carlson, D: 17 goals, 54 assists, 71 points, 23:49 TOI


Key injuries

  • Aaron Ekblad, FLA: Lower body (Could return vs. WSH)
  • Alex Ovechkin, WSH: Upper body (Will play vs. FLA)


Series Odds

  • WSH to win: +235
  • FLA to win: -300

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Series Prediction

Panthers win in 6 games (4-2)

  • If there ever was a time for the Panthers to end their playoff series win drought — their last one coming in 1996 when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final — this is it. Florida is the deepest team in the NHL with a high-powered attack that boasts four 30-goal scorers and three 80-point getters.
  • This is starting to feel like one of the Capitals’ last hurrah as a perennial playoff contender. A top-heavy lineup can still be carried by the legendary Alex Ovechkin, but he’s dealing with a shoulder injury that could hamper his play. Behind him, Washington lacks the kind of firepower to keep up with Florida.
  • There is some uncertainty within both creases in this series. Florida could roll with either Sergei Bobrovsky or their future franchise netminder, Spencer Knight. It wouldn’t be a surprise if time was split in goal.
  • Washington’s situation in the crease is much more uncertain. They called Zach Fucale up from their AHL affiliate in Hershey while Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek struggled down the stretch.

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