Florida faces Eastern Conference-leader Washington

Miami Herald

Florida faces Eastern Conference-leader Washington Washington Capitals (11-2-3, first in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Florida Panthers (7-3-4, fourth in the Atlantic Division) Sunrise, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals face the Florida Panthers. The Panthers are 4-2-2 in conference games. Florida is fifth in the NHL averaging 3.6 goals per game, led by Jonathan Huberdeau with nine. The Capitals are 2-0-1 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. Washington is second in the NHL recording 10.2 points per game, averaging 3.9 goals and 6.2 assists. The matchup Thursday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams. TOP

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