2016 NHL Futures – Series Picks
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NHL Betting – Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals First Round Series Preview and Picks
Washington was absolutely dominant from the outset this NHL season. You want to talk about a team that had everything go their way and a team that did everything nearly perfect?
It’s this Capitals team. Washington will get a look at the Philadelphia Flyers, a team who needed to take it to the final days to find themselves in a clinching position.
Can Philadelphia pull off an upset for the ages and knock off the top team in the NHL? Or is this the year for the Caps to simply run through the playoffs, like they did in the regular season?
Let’s break it down.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals Series Lines
Washington Capitals -275
Philadelphia Flyers +225
Flyers vs. Capitals Series Schedule
- THU APR 14, 2016 FLYERS CAPITALS 7:00 PM CSN-DC, CBC, NBCSN, TVAS
- SAT APR 16, 2016 FLYERS CAPITALS 7:00 PM CSN-DC, CBC, CNBC, TVAS
- MON APR 18, 2016 CAPITALS FLYERS 7:00 PM CSN-DC, CBC, NBCSN, TVAS
- WED APR 20, 2016 CAPITALS FLYERS 7:00 PM CSN-DC, CBC, NBCSN, TVAS
- FRI APR 22, 2016 FLYERS CAPITALS TBD CSN-DC
- SUN APR 24, 2016 CAPITALS FLYERS TBD
- WED APR 27, 2016 FLYERS CAPITALS TBD CSN-DC
Flyers vs. Capitals Series Forwards
Washington was undoubtedly one of the best teams in terms of forwards.
They 5 players with 50 points or more on the season. T.J. Oshie (51), Justin Williams (52), Nicklas Backstrom (70), Alexander Ovechkin (71) and Kuznetsov (77) lead that crew as this Capitals team can strike at any moment and any time, as they are the most dangerous team in the league.
For the Flyers, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds both are crucial keys to Philadelphia’s chances this year.
The duo provided a spark up front along side Schenn that most teams don’t have. The trio has the ability to change the game and they’ll need all the production possible as they will be up against it when it comes to the Capitals scoring.
Verdict: Don’t overlook the Flyers by any means here. This team has the ability to really put in goals and they are extremely dangerous. However, it’s foolish to give them any sort of edge here against a front like the Capitals have.
Oshie, Backstrom, and Ovechkin all have the ability to put in multiple goals at a rapid pace. Give the Caps a giant edge here offensively.
Flyers vs. Capitals Series Defense and Goaltending
Washington proved how big having depth was on the defensive end. They battled many key injuries, but with the way they solidified their bench with help, the Capitals had zero problems in the back.
One of the key defenseman to watch here will be John Carlson. He was one of those injuries Washington had to overcome, but he has since returned and is back to playing massive minutes. G Braden Holtby was about as good as you can get.
He wasn’t fancy or a league leader in many categories by any means, but what made him so good was his awareness.
He always came up clutch late and was the league leader in the most important category, wins.
For the Flyers, they too built depth in the back. They don’t just have one or two star defenders, they have a compliment of many good ones. Mark Streit and Shayne Gostisbehere provide not just a defensive spark, but they have shown the ability to find the back of the net too.
In goal, Steve Mason stepped up this year. He started 13 of the last 14 games for Phili and really was the backbone to this defense.
Verdict: Give the Edge once again to the Caps here. With Carlson back and how good Holtby was in between the pipes, the Caps defense is just too much to handle.
Philadelphia will certainly need Streit and Gostisbehere to be difference makers on the offensive end if they hope to compete in this series.
Flyers vs. Capitals Free Series Prediction:
Philadelphia is in for some struggles here. They have the energy up front to cause some havoc, but this Capitals team is just too talented top to bottom. Washington shouldn’t have much of a problem here, ending this series earlier than others, giving them some time to rest.
Washington in 5
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