Last year it was obvious to all that the Washington Capitals were suffering from a long and costly Stanley Cup championship hangover. And it was quite understandable. Alex Ovechkin exercised all of his career demons by finally hoisting Lord Stanley’s Chalice. Washington celebrated the first Stanley Cup title in the history of what was often a star-crossed franchise that began play in October of 1974. This year the Caps have regained value with the NHL Odds with more focused play. The Philadelphia Flyers are off to an excellent start for first year head coach Alain Vigneault. However, the Eastern Conference is so hyper competitive that the last Eastern Conference playoff spot hangs in the balance.
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 7, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Capitals vs. Flyers TV Coverage: NBCSN
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Overview
Washington and Ovechkin make for a popular team with the public to bet NHL odds with while the jury is still out on a Flyers team that has burned gamblers far too often in the past.
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Current Form
Philadelphia enters this game with a record of 22-15-0-5 and holds the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Flyers have NHL metrics of 15th for goal scoring, ninth for goals allowed, 13th for the power play and 14th for penalty killing.
Washington is an impressive 28-9-3-2 as the top team in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals rank fifth in the NHL for goal scoring, 10th for goals against, 11th for the power play, and third for penalty killing. In particular that improvement against opponent’s power plays is indicative of Washington’s strong focus and effort.
Key Capitals: D John Carlson (13 G, 38 A, 51 PTS, +15, 2 PPG, 14 PPA, 10.7 SPCT), LW Alex Ovechkin (24 G, 16 A, 40 PTS, -13, 9 PPG, 4 PPA, 12.2 SPCT), C Evgeny Kuznetsov (16 G, 23 A, 39 PTS, +3, 6 PPG, 6 PPA, 18.6 SPCT), G Braden Holtby (17-7-4, 2.99 GAA, .902 SVPCT, 0 SO), Ilya Samsonov (11-2-1, 2.33 GAA, .918 SVPCT, 0 SO)
G Carter Hart (13-10-3, 2.61 GAA, .905 SVPCT, 1 SO), G Brian Elliott (9-5-2, 3.05 GAA, .899 SVPCT, 0 SO), C Travis Konecny (12 G, 24 A, 36 PTS, -2, 2 PPG, 11 PPA, 13.5 SPCT), C Sean Couturier (12 G, 22 A, 34 PTS, +10, 2 PPG, 6 PPA, 11.2 SPCT), D Ivan Provorov (9 G, 15 A, 24 PTS,+2, 6 PPG 7 PPA, 9.4 SPCT)
Washington and Philadelphia against the Spread
The Capitals are:
14-5 against the spread in their last 19 away games
6-3 over the total on the road
3-6 vs. the odds on the road at Metropolitan Division teams
3-8 under the total at Metropolitan Division opponents
7-5 on the board at Wells Fargo Center against the Flyers
4-1-2 over the total when playing at Philadelphia
The Flyers are:
7-1 vs. the spread in their last eight games at Wells Fargo Center
4-2-1 over the total on home ice
6-13 in their last 19 home games vs. the Metropolitan Division
3-4-1 under the total when hosting Metropolitan Division teams
3-9 on the board in their head to head series with the Capitals
5-2 over the total in their last seven games against Philadelphia
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks
Washington will be the superior value as a quality road team with a reduced price. As was mentioned earlier the Caps have had the better of this head to head series with the Flyers.
Capitals vs. Flyers NHL Odds Best Bet: Washington Capitals
Capitals vs. Flyers NHL Odds Score Prediction: Capitals 4, Flyers 2
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