NHL Odds: First-Place Capitals Visit Florida

With the All-Star Game just around the corner, the 28-15-5 Washington Capitals find themselves in a familiar place: on top of the Metropolitan Division. Their last game before the break isThursday night (7:30 PM ET) in Miami against the Florida Panthers, who are falling out of contention in the Atlantic at 19-20-6. However both teams should provide quite an interesting encounter with the teams evenly matched. Still, when these two teams met in DC on October 21, it was the Panthers winning 4-1 as +120 underdogs on the moneyline. James Reimer (.910 save percentage) was in goal for Florida that day, and he’s projected to start Thursday’s game as well, with No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo (.928 SV%) still recovering from an undisclosed lower-body injury. The Panthers are healthy otherwise.

Philipp Grubauer (.917 SV%) took the loss for Washington in their first meeting with the Cats. No. 1 starter Braden Holtby (.916 SV%) will likely get the nod on Thursday, and while his performance level hasn’t been much better than Grubauer’s, the Capitals will have enjoyed three days off before facing Florida. The Panthers will be in Dallas this Tuesday to play the Stars before coming back home. Washington also skates into Thursday’s matchup with zero injuries to report.

NHL Odds: Capitals-Panthers in Miami

The 28-15-5 Washington Capitals will skate into the All-Star break as the top team in the Metropolitan Division. But first, they’ll visit the 19-20-6 Florida Panthers on Thursday; the puck drops at 7:30 PM ET. Florida (+120 away) won this matchup 4-1 when they met on October 21, but it’s been tough sledding for the Cats since then. Back-up James Reimer (.910 save percentage) is projected to start for the home side, while No. 1 netminder Braden Holtby (.916 SV%) should play for Washington. The Capitals have three days off before this contest; Florida visits the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

NHL Odds: Struggling Panthers Host Capitals

After losing five of their last seven, the 19-20-6 Florida Panthers (19-26 ATS, minus-6.84 units) hope they’ll skate into the All-Star break with a win this Thursday at 7:30 PM ET over the visiting Washington Capitals. The Caps are first in the Metropolitan Division at 28-15-5 (28-20 ATS, plus-4.82 units). The 28-15-5 Washington Capitals close out the unofficial first half of the regular season this Thursday night, when they’ll visit the 19-20-6 Florida Panthers at 7:30 PM ET. Braden Holtby (.916 save percentage) is projected to start for the Capitals opposite James Reimer (.910 SV%).

The 28-15-5 Washington Capitals (28-20 ATS, plus-4.82 units) will visit the 19-20-6 Florida Panthers (19-26 ATS, minus-6.84 units) this Thursday at 7:30 PM ET, in the last game for both teams before the All-Star break. In their last game before the All-Star break, the 28-15-5 Washington Capitals will visit the 19-20-6 Florida Panthers this Thursday evening at 7:30 PM Eastern.