The Panthers are the Presidents Cup winners as the team with the most points in the NHL this season, and won 13 in a row before mailing in the end of the regular season. The Caps have dropped four of five, but had won seven in a row before shutting it down after reaching the playoff field.
Capitals vs. Panthers series odds from DraftKings Sportsbook
The Pick: Panthers -300
A franchise more known for being a swamp-based laughing stock has begun to turn it around, with two of the brightest stars in the game in Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov. Goaltending will continue to be a question with Sergei Bobrovsky and a contract that’s bigger than his pads, and don’t be surprised to see Spencer Knight in the series.
But the Panthers just have too much depth for an aging, top-heavy Caps team that lacks the defense to stop them. This should be the Panthers first playoff series win since the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.
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