The Florida Panthers of the Atlantic Division will face the Washington Capitals of the Metropolitan Division in Game 2 of the First Round. Capitals vs. Panthers In Game 1, Washington stunned Florida by defeating them 4-2 on the road.
Will the Capitals pull off another upset to grab a 2-0 series lead? Or will the Panthers be able to level the series on home ice?
The Washington Capitals looked fantastic in Game 1 with a 4-2 victory, and the numbers back that up. Therefore, 1000 game simulations, MoneyPuck.com predicted that the Capitals would win that clash 70.6 percent of the time.
This number makes sense because Washington did an excellent job creating high-risk scoring opportunities. While restricting Florida’s offense to odd-man rushes. However, the Capitals had 4.11 expected goals for (xGF) in all scenarios, while the Panthers only had a 2.21 xGF.
The Capitals were helped by goaltender Vitek Vanecek, who saved 30 of 32 shots for a save percentage of 0.938. Vanecek did everything he could for the Panthers. He also had a 2.21 xGF, which means he saved 0.21 goals more than projected (GSAx).
The Florida Panthers didn’t look like themselves in Game 1. There’s reason to be concerned about the President Trophy winners this season. Then, Florida struggled to create any real threatening scoring opportunities, with only 2.21 anticipated goals (xGF).
A juicy rebound for Giroux, on which he scored, and Jonathan Huberdeau/Aleksander Barkov’s 2-on-1. Also, following a turnover midway through the third period was their only two nice looks. Aside from those two instances.
Therefore, Florida was unable to maintain consistent pressure on Washington. And unable to create any high-danger scoring opportunities in front of the net.
The Panthers have the power to score five goals in a matter of seconds, so this series is far from finished. However, their performance in Game 1 was concerning. Also, the Capitals’ puck line offers much too much value in Game 2.
While I believe the Panthers will be able to tie the series before going on the road. Then I have no reason to expect they will win this game by a large margin given their performance in Game 1. Furthermore, at OKBET the Capitals might have Tom Wilson for the entire 60-minute game. Therefore, it would be a huge benefit given how well they fared without him after he exited Game 1 in the first period.
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