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This first-round playoff series shifts to the Nation's Capital. Will the Panthers keep their momentum or can the Capitals steal a game at home? Tone's Takes gives his prediction for the Washington Capitals vs Florida Panthers game.
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Washington Capitals vs Florida Panthers Prediction: Can the Panthers Keep Their Momentum In Game 3?

After losing Game 1 at home by a 4-2 score, the Panthers responded with a 5-1 win in Game 2. Aleksander Barkov led the way with a Goal and an Assist and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 of 27 shots as the Panthers won going away. Capitals goalie Vitek Vanecek was pulled after giving up 5 goals on 19 shots. Ilya Samsonov stopped all 17 shots he faced in relief. I would expect Laviolette to turn to Samsonov for Game 3.

Capitals vs. Panthers Game 3 Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Saturday, May 8

Game Time: 1:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPN

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Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers Prediction

I expected a short series here, and despite Washington's surprising Game 1 win, I still do. While the Panthers were a wagon at home during the regular season, they also were a good road team. Florida had a road record of 24-11-6 where they averaged 3.56 goals per game and 3.00 goals against. The Capitals were a mediocre home team during the regular season.

Washington had a home record of 19-6-6 where they averaged 3.15 goals per game and 3.10 goals per game. Samsonov, if he gets the call, also struggled on home ice. Ilya was 9-6-2 with a 3.06 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage at Capital One Arena. Vitek Vanecek was not much better as he had a home record of 10-8-4 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. I was on the Fla Win/Over 5.5 combo bet in Game 2 and I am going back to it, at plus money, in Game 3.

Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers Pick

Pick: Florida Win/Over 5.5 +115 (Bet $100 to win $115)

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Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers Player Prop

Aleksander Barkov is still one of the most under-appreciated players in the NHL, he is a great two-way player that can also put the puck in the net. Barkov is Florida's number 1 center and also gets top Power Play line minutes. Barkov has scored 3 goals in 3 games against the Capitals this season, including a goal in Game 2. Barkov scored 39 goals during the season, with 23 coming on the road. At odds of +166 I love the value here for Barkov to light the lamp this afternoon.

Player Prop Pick

Barkov Anytime Goalscorer +166 (Bet $100 to win $166)

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Tone has been handicapping the four major sports for over twenty years. An NHL enthusiast, Tone’s expertise lies on the ice. He’s excelled and profited finding the right angles on NHL games, particularly with player props, game props, and game totals. A contributor to several gaming sites, you can follow him on Twitter @TonesTakes.

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