Florida Panthers vs. Washington Capitals Game 3 Prediction, NHL Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated May 07, 2022

Saturday’s Game 3 matchup between the Panthers and Capitals will be a matinee matchup as the series shifts to Washington with both teams deadlocked at one game apiece.

Florida
58-18-2-4
AT
May 07, 2022, 1:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
44-26-9-3
Puckline -1.5 +119
Moneyline -206
Over / Under o +6.5

68%

Betting Action

32%

Puckline +1.5 -143
Moneyline +171
Over / Under u +6.5

68%

Betting Action

32%

After a third-period comeback win by the Caps in Game 1, the Panthers bounced back with a huge 5-1 win in Game 2.

With the series now essentially a best-of-five, will the Capitals swap their starting netminder? The Panthers are -203 favourites to win Game 3 on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Panthers vs. Capitals NHL Betting Odds

Uncharacteristically the first two games of this series played the Under, both times coming up just shy of the 6.5 total. In the regular season both squads played the Over 12 more times than the Under and considering some of the firepower in this matchup, the floodgates are bound to burst open.

The Caps love the playing on the weekend as they have won their past five Saturday games. They did not perform overly well at home this regular season though, posting a 19-16-6 record.

Florida has now played the Under in all of their past five playoff games, winning only two of those matchups.

With the series knotted 1-1, the Panthers are now boosted to -323 to win the series heading into the third game, up from -175 after losing Game 1. Tonight, they have a chance to lead in a playoff series for the first time since 2012.

Florida Panthers

After giving up five goals on 19 shots through two periods, Vitek Vanecek sat on the bench to begin the third period Thursday night. In his place, Ilya Samsonov stood tall, stopping all 17 shots on goal but got no help from his teammates.

Washington’s special teams have been solid in both Games 1 and 2, notching a power play marker in both games and going a perfect six-for-six on the penalty kill.

Sitting at 137 points in 143 playoff games, Alex Ovechkin has still not found the back of the net in this series but has registered two assists.

Washington Capitals

The Panthers were bitter after a few third period turnovers cost them Game 1. The cats came out with a vengeance Thursday night with five different players finding the back of the net, putting them up 5-1 by the end of the second period. They finished the game limiting the Capitals to only three shots on goal in the final frame for a huge 5-1 win.

Sergei Bobrovsky was stellar once again in Game 2, stopping 26 shots and picking up his 14th career postseason win in his 43rd appearance. The 33-year-old Russian has been solid through the first two games of the series, stopping 60 of 64 shots faced.

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