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Picks for Capitals vs. Panthers in Game 5 of first round in 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

We go over the moneyline and goal total for Capitals vs. Panthers in Game 5 of the first round of the 2022 NHL playoffs on Wednesday.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a pivotal Game 5 in the first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers on Wednesday, May 11 at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida. Puck drop will be at 7:40 p.m. ET and the game will be shown on ESPN2. The Panthers won Game 4 in overtime to tie the series 2-2.

All odds come courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Capitals vs. Panthers: Game 5 prediction

Goal Line: Capitals +1.5 (-125); Panthers -1.5 (+105)
Capitals: +180
Panthers: -220
Over/Under: Over 6.5 (-130); Under 6.5 (+110)

Hockey can be a game of inches too. And in this case inches could’ve decided the series. Washington was clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period in Game 4 when Florida decided to pull goalie Sergei Bobrovsky for an extra attacker. Capitals winger Garnet Hathaway gains the puck in the defensive zone and shoots it down the ice toward the empty net. The shot missed by a couple of inches and hit the side of the net. Then this happened.

Sam Reinhart ties the and a few minutes into overtime Carter Verhaeghe scored his second goal to give the Panthers new life.

Washington struggled to get much going offensively in Game 4, but despite that they were an empty net goal away from a 3-1 series lead. Now Florida has shown their toughness in a do-or-die situation and I expect they will drop the hammer on the Capitals in Game 5.

Pick: Panthers -1.5 (+105)

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