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(39-12-7) Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers (28-24-7)
Date: Wednesday February 22nd
Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Capitals -133
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The best team in hockey, the Washington Capitals, will take on their Division rivals in Philadelphia.
The Flyers are three points back of the last wildcard spot in the East and will need every win they can scrape together, though it will be a tough task against Holtby and the Caps.
The Washington Capitals sit atop the NHL standings for the season, with 85 points in 58 games played. The numbers back-up their ranking, sitting second overall in goals per game at 3.3 and 1st in goals against at 2.1 per contest.
Nicklas Backstrom may be putting together the quietest 61-point season in recent memory, registering over a point-per-game this season.
He sits 4th overall in league scoring and leads the Capitals in scoring, but is rarely recognized or has coverage for his excellent season.
To no surprise, Alex Ovechkin is best in the goals category for Washington, with 27 on the year which placed him in the top-10 NHL goal-getters.
The Russian superstar is trying to fend off rival, Sidney Crosby, to earn his fifth consecutive Rocket Richard trophy.
The Captials’ goaltending and team defense sits as the best in the league the time of writing, seeing neither of their goaltenders owning a GAA above 2.01.
Holtby owns a 2.01 GAA and a .926 SV% on the year, with a 29-8-5 record and seven shutouts.
The Flyers have struggled to find the back of the net in the past month, seeing their 8th place ranking in goals for in mid-January slip all the way to 21st overall at current.
The Flyers have scored at a clip of 2.5 goals per game this season, which is also their respective ranking in goals allowed at 3.0 per game.
This correlates directly with a down year from captain, Claude Giroux, who has tallied 42 points in 59 games played thus far.
He sits third in team scoring behind Jakub Voracek, who leads with 49, and Wayne Simmonds, who has 42 as well but leads the team with 25 goals.
The depth of scoring has been abysmal, aside from Brayden Schenn and his 38 points, there is not another forward with more than 22 points.
Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov are two nice building blocks on the blueline, both in the early stages of their promising careers.
The Flyers will be an interesting team to watch come the trade deadline to see what moves are made towards adding for the future.
The Flyers’ goaltending situation is definitely an area that needs to be addressed by a former netminder himself, in GM Ron Hextall.
Neither Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth have save percentages above .900, with Mason checking-in at exactly that mark as the best of the two. Neuvirth owns a 2.78 GAA and .890 SV%.
NHL Betting Trends:
- The Flyers rank 25th in both goals per game and goals against
- Philadelphia is 3-4-1 in February
- Philadelphia is 17-9-4 at home
- Nicklas Backstrom is 2nd in the NHL in assists with 44, behind just Connor McDavid
- Washington is 15-7-6 on the road
- Washington has the best goal differential in the league at plus-69
Free Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers NHL Hockey Prediction:
While the Flyers offense has sputtered, their defensive has been amongst the worst which should create a net positive for the Over in this game facing one of the league’s best offenses.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Over 5.5
I like Alex Ovechkin and co to light up whoever starts for Philly, and Voracek and the Flyers to chip in enough to reach six total goals in the game.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Washington 4 – Philadelphia 2
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