Ovechkin and the Capitals visit the Panthers
Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers
Sunrise, Florida; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Panthers -142, Capitals +119; over/under is 6
BOTTOM LINE: Alex Ovechkin leads Washington into a matchup with Florida. He’s second in the NHL with 37 points, scoring 19 goals and totaling 18 assists.
The Panthers are 11-3-3 in conference matchups. Florida ranks third in the league averaging 3.7 goals per game, led by Aleksander Barkov with nine.
The Capitals are 5-1-0 against opponents from the Metropolitan. Washington is seventh in the NHL averaging 5.8 assists per game, led by Evgeny Kuznetsov with 0.9.
In their last matchup on Nov. 26, Washington won 4-3. Ovechkin recorded a team-high 3 points for the Capitals.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jonathan Huberdeau has 20 total points for the Panthers, seven goals and 13 assists. Carter Verhaeghe has four goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Florida.
Kuznetsov leads the Capitals with 20 total assists and has 27 points. Ovechkin has eight goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Panthers: 4-4-2, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.1 assists, 3.2 penalties and seven penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .905 save percentage.
Capitals: 8-1-1, averaging 3.6 goals, 6.1 assists, 2.6 penalties and 5.4 penalty minutes while allowing 1.9 goals per game with a .931 save percentage.
INJURIES: Panthers: Markus Nutivaara: out (undisclosed), Mason Marchment: day to day (upper body), Anthony Duclair: day to day (lower body), Aleksander Barkov: out (lower body).
Capitals: Conor Sheary: day to day (upper body).