Free Game 1 Prediction: Flyers vs Capitals Odds
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(41-27-6-8) Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals (56-18-6-2)
Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1
Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Washington -215/ Philadelphia +180
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds:Washington -1.5 +145
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The team that had little problem this year gets set for their round one matchup as the Washington Capitals welcome in the Philadelphia Flyers for Game 1.
Washington captured the best record in the NHL with rather ease this season and will get a Flyers team that had to fight their way all the way down to the final weekend just to clinch a spot in the postseason.
The Philadelphia Flyers are one of the very few teams who can come into this postseason matchup with some confidence. The Flyers took out the Capitals twice this season one home and one away, which gives them a lot of hope to build off of.
Philadelphia finds their success from the 2nd and 3rd chances they create at the net. They sat 5th in the NHL this season with 30.7 shots per game.
Their defenders especially, aren’t afraid to fire from the blue line as they crash the the net and look for an easy rebound or tip in.
Brayden Schenn, Claude Giroux, and Wayne Simmonds are the top line for the Flyers and they had plenty of success against the Caps this season. Getting this line going early in the series is an absolute must as they simply cannot afford to lack production.
Steve Mason was a tremendous goalie this season, but did go just 1-2 against the Caps. He’ll need to be on his A game as the Flyers cannot afford to allow cheap, easy goals to Washington.
Washington is about the most complete team you can ask for. Top to bottom from their starters to their bench, this team has the playmakers and depth to compete with anyone.
Washington averages 3.1 goals per game, which sits 2nd in the league and they concede just 2.3 which is also 2nd in the NHL.
The Capitals just have so many weapons up front. Alex Ovechkin leads that charge as he was the leading goal scorer this season as he capped it off at 50. T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom round out that top line with Ovechkin as they are the most dangerous front line in the NHL.
Also a threat to do damage for the Caps is Evgeny Kuznetsov. He led the team with 77 points as he put in 20 goals and tallied a ridiculous 57 assists in the process.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Flyers are 5-2 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Flyers are 7-3 in their last 10 Thursday games.
- Capitals are 37-14 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Capitals are 40-16 in their last 56 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Capitals are 36-15 in their last 51 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals NHL Hockey Prediction
The task is so tall for the Flyers.
This team does matchup well with Washington, but getting a game in Washington is almost a must. The key for them will be slowing up the Caps offense. Washington scores in bunches, containing that will be something the Flyers need to focus on.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5
Expect the Flyers to really be on edge all night here in Game 1. The nerves will be there and containing the Caps is just too tough with shaky feelings.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Washington 5- Philadelphia 2
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