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Panthers vs Capitals Game 4 Odds, Lines, and Spread

Chris Wassel

by Chris Wassel in NHL Hockey

May 8, 2022 · 10:06 AM PDT

Washington Capitals players celebrating a playoff win over the Florida Panthers
May 7, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA;Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) after their game against the Florida Panthers in game three of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Panthers vs Capitals odds favor Florida as -175 moneyline favorites in Game 4 on Monday (7:00 pm ET)
  • Washington roared back in Game 3 with a resounding 6-1 victory.
  • Read below for the Game 4 Panthers vs Capitals odds, analysis and betting prediction

All is back to that familiar sinking feeling for the Florida Panthers. The Panthers scored first and then came six straight goals as Florida could not answer back once the Capitals started their scoring run.

With that win on Saturday afternoon, Washington gained back home-ice advantage. Game 4 proves to be a real crossroads. Florida faces their first must-win game of the postseason as going down 3-1 would be almost fatal.

Panthers vs Capitals Odds

Team Puck Line Total Moneyline
Florida Panthers -1.5 (+135) O 6.5 (-132) -175
Washington Capitals +1.5 (-167) U 6.5 (+105) +145

Odds as of May 8th at Barstool Sportsbook.

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The Panthers opened up as road -175 moneyline favorites in a contest that features a total of 6.5 goals yet again. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC with TBS providing broadcast coverage.

Florida is still one of the contending favorites in the Stanley Cup Playoffs odds, but are now just -135 favorites to advance to the Second Round thanks to a total dud in Game 3 against Washington.

Panthers vs Capitals Betting Analysis

It was clear that one Washington Capitals player was going to change the complexion of this series on Saturday afternoon. His name was Alexander Ovechkin.

The Capitals did allow the first goal on Saturday as Jonathan Huberdeau scored on Ilya Samsonov’s glove side. It was a bit of an iffy goal to allow but Washington did not get rattled. Washington’s first power-play goal tied the game at 1 after twenty minutes.

During the second period, Marcus Johansson scored what proved to be the game-winning goal midway into the stanza. Then, Trevor van Riemsdyk padded the Washington lead with a late period tally.

It was Alexander Ovechkin who could have been in the Hart Trophy odds, who provided the fatal blow against the Panthers in the matinee. Ovechkin’s power-play goal gave him his second point of the day and first marker of the playoffs. That made the game 4-1 as Washington never looked back.

The ominous news for the Florida Panthers may be simply the fact that playoff Alex Ovechkin is back. Any issue with his shoulder or upper-body is pretty much moot or done. Ovechkin also played more than 20 minutes on Saturday. The Russian only saw a bit over 15 minutes of ice time in Game 2 on Thursday.

Florida vs Washington Injury News

Will Tom Wilson play in Game 4? That is still a question but with Ovechkin’s improved health, maybe not so much.

Wilson’s physical presence may just be back in the lineup with this move. Usually, when a placeholder move like this takes place, that means an injured player is returning. The winger had only played three shifts in this entire series.

Meanwhile, Florida has been healthy the entire series.

Panthers vs Capitals Game 4 Pick

So, Washington and Florida resembled a one-side fireworks display during the second halves  of Game 2 and 3. This was another game where the over hit very late just when it appeared it would not. This was because the Panthers just let the game get away from them. It was a tied game at 1 almost halfway through Game 3. Florida never did answer Washington.

Samsonov stopped 29 of 30 shots and every shot after that early Jonathan Huberdeau goal. It was Sergei Bobrovsky who looked as rattled as he did in Game 1. The other Russian goalie stopped just 25 of 30 shots in Game 3. Washington won the special teams battle with the two power-play goals.

Florida’s offense still is capable of scoring more than three goals a game and typically has not been held down in consecutive games. Washington is returning to fuller health in time for Monday’s clash. This almost feels like a game where getting in on the over at 6.5 early is a prudent move. There is an option to bet the over in regulation. That lowers the price from -132 to -103. It is worth a look given how few overtime games have occurred this postseason.

Pick: Over 6.5 goals in regulation (-103)

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