The beauty of clinching a playoff spot at a relatively early stage of the season is that you then have the ability to start resting some key personnel. Not only have the Washington Capitals punched their playoff ticket, they have also locked up the President’s Trophy for the best overall record in the NHL. This makes betting on them a little bit trickier over the final couple of weeks of the season, as you never really know who is going to be getting ice time, and who is going to be given the night off.
While the NHL odds still unreleased, this game represents the opportunity to perhaps make some money on the underdogs, as they might well be able to get points of a team that they would have not ordinarily been able to beat. The next game up for the Caps is a trip to Philadelphia to face a Flyers team that is inn a battle for a Wild Card spot. This should be a good one, and as it’s nationally televised, you can get to watch your winning tickets come up on TV.
How to Bet Washington Capitals Vs Philadelphia Flyers NHL Odds
When: Wednesday, March 30 at 8 PM EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
NHL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Washington Capitals
With all these successes under their belts, the Washington Capitals (54-16-5) are going to just rest up the remainder of the way, right? It certainly doesn’t look that way, as they are coming into this game having gone 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. The Caps have been good wherever they have played this season, and their success on the road has been a big part of why they are in the position they are at right now.
The Capitals have gone 4-2-1 in their last 7 road games, and have taken 2 of 4 from the Flyers overall this season. It’s very hard to bet against Washington this year, but again, you have to take into account that they really have nothing to play for the rest of the way. The Caps are averaging 3.1 GPG, and are giving up 2.3 GPG.
Why bet on the Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers (37-25-13) have become one of the most consistent teams in the second half of the NHL season, and that has helped them go from relative obscurity all the way up to the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. It’s a tight race, though, and they are just 2 back of the Islanders in the first Wild Card position, and are tied with the Detroit Red Wings for the last one. The Flyers essentially control their own destiny, as they play both of those teams in the final few games of the season. Philly would love to get even a single point out of this game, as they are well aware that doing so is a pretty huge ask. The Flyers are averaging 2.6 GPG, and are giving up 2.5 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The last 2 meetings between these hockey clubs ended in 1-goal games. I expect to see another close one here, and while I think the Caps will get the win, I would not be stunned to see Philly pick up a valuable OT point.
Washington Capitals 3 Philadelphia Flyers 2