The first-round matchup between the Washington Capitals and the Florida Panthers heads to Game 4 with the Capitals leading 2-1 as we look at the moneyline, over/under, and player props for this game.
Washington Capitals (+145) vs Florida Panthers (-175)
The Capitals have stunned the Panthers so far in the playoffs, proving that the regular season doesn’t mean much in the long run. More players on Washington have a lot of playoff experience as opposed to the Panthers team that hasn’t won a playoff series in a long time.
Every series except one has tied it up so far and there continue to be pushbacks in each. The Panthers did so in Game 2 and the Capitals came back after that and took advantage of home ice. Since they don’t have the best record at home, the Panthers can take advantage of that and even the series on the road, holding the upper hand when the teams return to Florida. Ilya Samsonov got the net for the Capitals and shut down the Panthers. I expect the team to go back to him as they weren’t set on a starter and are playing it by game.
The Panthers’ players have been shut down and there is only one player with at least a point per game, Carter Verhaeghe. The offence will need to find a way to break through in a much tighter game than they were used to during the regular season. The Panthers are used to big comeback victories, and this one is as big as they’ll get this season. Take the Panthers to bounce back but the game to be low scoring as the series has been and the under to hit (U6.5, -110).
Mason Marchment – Points (Over 0.5, +100)
There haven’t been many noticeable players on the Panthers since the playoffs started, but Mason Marchment is someone who has been playing physical every game and in around the net whether it’s disturbing the goaltender or getting chances.
He has been held to only one goal in this series, but then again nobody has really broken out offensively for the Panthers in the first three games. His continued hard play should be noticed and he will continue to get his opportunities. He is a confident player from the regular season success during his breakout season, and he will need to be one of the players who makes a difference in the series more than just laying the body. Plus the value is pretty good for a near-point per-game player to add one point while on the highest-scoring team in the league.
T.J. Oshie – Anytime Goal-Scorer (Over 0.5, +200)
T.J. Oshie hit the props last time we were here. His play has been noticeable and he is a playoff performer. He has scored two goals in this series so far and has been playing a lot. He has also added the physical element to his game and continues to be around the Panthers’ net for opportunities. The Capitals have had the better offence in this series and Oshie has been the finisher. They will have the home crowd at their backs once again, so expect a hard effort and a couple of goals.
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