The Philadelphia Flyers will be in all-out ‘desperation mode’ when they host the streaking Washington Capitals in their mid-week Eastern Conference clash on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. With the Flyers on a red-hot roll for the better part of the last two months and looking to secure one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference playoffs, let’s find out if Philly is the pick to win and cash in as a slight home dog or whether the defending champion Caps are the way to go with your wager on this affair.
Capitals vs Flyers NHL Betting Lines, Expert Preview & Pick
- When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- TV: TVA, NBCSN
- Radio: Washington / Philadelphia
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Washington -130/Philadelphia -110 / Total: 6
Why Bet On Washington?
The best reasons to bet on the Capitals are the fact that they are the better statistical team at both ends of the ice and they’re playing well right now, having won four straight and six of their last seven games overall. Washington got past the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout on Sunday as Alex Ovechkin scored the game winner in the fourth round and Braden Holtby stopped 22 of 24 shots to get the win.
The Caps got the win even though Ovechkin never attempted a shot as Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev threw his stick at the puck while managing to somehow send the puck into his own net. Ovechkin was credited with the goal after a review.
“I know 100 percent it’s a goal,” Ovechkin said. “I was surprised of the first reaction of the referees. It was nice we have replay.”
Washington ranks seventh in scoring (3.4 gpg) and 20th in goals allowed (3.1 gpg) and the Caps have recorded an encouraging 19-12-2 mark on the road this season.
- Goals: 3.42
- Shots: 30.20
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.88
- Goals: 3.15
- Shots: 32.12
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.46
Why Bet On Philadelphia?
The best reasons to back Philadelphia is the fact that the Flyers are completely and utterly desperate and they’re playing their best hockey of the season right now. Philadelphia has won two straight, four of five while going a blistering 17-4-2 since losing to Washington back on Jan. 8. The Flyers come into this affair off a 4-1 smackdown of the Islanders on Sunday as a quartet of different players all lit the lamp.
“We’re obviously not where we want to be,” Flyers interim coach Scott Gordon told Philly.com, “but we’re working on it every day and every game to make sure we worry about the game in front of us and not the teams ahead of us. Just worry about the game at hand and, for the most part, we’ve done that for over a month now.”
The Flyers average 3.0 goals per game (14th) while allowing 3.3 per contest defensively (27th) and the Flyers have gone 17-12-3-1 at home this season.
- Goals: 3.05
- Shots: 31.50
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.71
- Goals: 3.32
- Shots: 32.11
- PP/PK Percentage: 22.51
Capitals vs Flyers NHL Betting Trends
- Washington is 6-17 ATS in the last 23 games
- Washington is 6-1 SU in the last 7 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games on the road
- Philadelphia is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 games
- Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in the last 5 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Capitals vs Flyers
I know the Flyers are playing at home and that they’re playing well, but the fact of the matter is that Washington is just a bit better than Philly at both ends of the ice and their best players are far superior to Philadelphia’s top performers.
Washington has gone 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 21-8 in their last 29 games against their Eastern Conference counterparts and 15-6 in their last 21 games as a road favorite. Philadelphia has gone 1-4 in their last 5 games after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and 1-6 in their last 7 home games against a team with a winning road record. Washington wins outright despite being on the road.
NHL Betting Pick: Capitals 4 Flyers 2