Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers Game 5 Prediction, NHL Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated May 10, 2022

Tied at two games apiece in their first-round playoff series, the Panthers and Capitals will shift back to Florida for Game 5 on Wednesday night, with the Panthers looking to take their first lead of the series.

Washington
44-26-9-3
AT
May 11, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
BB&T Center
Florida
58-18-2-4
Puckline +1.5 -126
Moneyline +192
Over / Under o +6.5

29%

Betting Action

71%

Puckline -1.5 +104
Moneyline -231
Over / Under u +6.5

29%

Betting Action

71%

It looked like the veteran Capitals were going to ride their hot goaltender and steal the win in Game 4, but the Panthers showed desperation and pulled off a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory. The Panthers are -231 favourites to win the pivotal Game 5 on the NHL odds with a total of 6.5.

Capitals vs. Panthers NHL Betting Odds

After back-to-back blowouts, Game 4 was a bit more defensive on both sides, resulting in the lowest-scoring contest of the series. Through four games, the series has played the Under 3-1, guiding 90 per cent of early bets to the Under. Before the playoffs, eight straight Capitals-Panthers matchups played the Over.

Washington has covered the spread in back-to-back games and three times so far in the series. They finished the season with an impressive 25-10-6 record on the road and have already won a game in Florida this postseason.

After evening things at two games apiece, the Panthers are now -303 favourites to win the series. Florida has only lost eight games on home ice all year and is looking to lead in a playoff series for the first time in 10 years.

Washington Capitals

Playing his 100th career playoff game, T.J. Oshie deflected his third goal of the series on the power play to open the scoring in Game 4. After a scoreless second period, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a beauty to put his team up 2-1 midway through the third, his second of the postseason. Oshie (3G, 1A) and Alex Ovechkin (1G, 4A) picked up the helpers as the veteran Caps core continues to lead the team.

Ilya Samsonov played another solid game in net after taking over as the starter in Game 3. He has appeared in three games now, boasting a 1.66 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage.

Washington’s special teams have been absolutely on fire with a perfect penalty kill (13/13) and a power play goal in each of the first four games (5/17).

Florida Panthers

Carter Verhaeghe scored his second goal of the game 4:57 into overtime to complete the 3-2 comeback win for the Panthers. He also scored Florida’s first of the game, tying it 1-1 in the first period. The 26-year-old leads the team with three goals and five points through four games.

With just over two minutes left and the net empty, Sam Reinhart slapped a loose puck to the back of the net to send the game to overtime. Relatively quiet in the series, superstars Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov (3pts each) picked up the assists.

The Cats outshot Washington 32-16 in the contest but did not hold a lead until overtime. The lopsided shot clock would have been much uglier if 24 shots had not been blocked.

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