The Washington Capitals (14-8-3) travel to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers (15-11-3) on Thursday, December 14th. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The Capitals are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Flyers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Predators. Puck drop is set for 7:00 ET.
Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers
The Washington Capitals Are Coming Off A Win
This season, the Capitals currently hold an overall record of 14-8-3. When playing on the road, Washington has a 6-4-1 record, while they are 8-4-2 at home. This record has them sitting 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 8th in the Eastern conference. Washington comes in with seven wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost seven games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 11-14.
The Capitals are coming off a 4-2 road win over the Blackhawks. Offensively, the Capitals couldn’t break through in the first period, but they scored three times in the second period and one goal in the third. In the game, Washington managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 27 shots on goal and committed 9 turnovers.
Washington secured a win against the puck line, entering the game as the favorites with a -1.5 goal advantage. The game ended with a total of 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.
The Philadelphia Flyers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
This season, the Flyers have an overall record of 15-11-3. On the road, Philadelphia holds a 9-5-2 mark, and they are 6-6-1 when playing at home. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 3rd, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 7th. Philadelphia heads into the game with 11 wins by more than one goal, and lost six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record this season is 21-7.
Coming off a 3-2 loss on the road to the Predators, the Flyers are hoping to bounce back today. In the first period, the Flyers struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with one time in the second period and one goal in the third. All two goals came at even strength. They finished with 39 shots on goal and had 8 turnovers.
Despite the loss, Philadelphia did cover the puck line, as they went into the game as the underdog. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
Washington Offense Breakdown
The Capitals come into the game scoring an average of 2.5 goals per game, putting them 32nd in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. Washington’s offense is currently ranked 32nd in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 25th in the league.
This season, the Capitals’ have an over/under record of 8-16-1. Throughout the season, they have played 15 games that did not exceed the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 5.4 goals per game.
Philadelphia Offense Breakdown
Offensively, the Flyers come into the game at 3 goals per contest placing 22nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 6th position in the league. Looking at how the Flyers’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 29th in power play goals and 2nd in shorthanded goals.
This season, the Flyers have an over/under record of 11-17-0. Throughout last season, they played 34 games that did not exceed the 5.5 over/under line. On average, their games featured 6.1 goals per game.
Washington Team Defense
Defensively, the Capitals come into the season ranked 25th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 31.2 shots per game against Washington. For the season, they are ranked 15th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Philadelphia Team Defense
In terms of defense, the Flyers head into the game ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.1 shots per game against Philadelphia. So far, they are 12th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.
Capitals vs Flyers Trends
- Although Washington has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 1 goals per game in these games.
- Across their ten previous home games, Philadelphia has an puck line mark of 9-1. Their straight up record in these matchups was 7-3 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Flyers have an puck line mark of just 8-2 in their last ten games. Philadelphia posted a straight up mark of 5-5 in these matchups.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Capitals have a straight up record of 4-1, while going 1-4 against the spread.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Capitals to defeat the Flyers while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +113, I’m placing a wager on the Capitals to win outright.
Our projections have the Capitals pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Capitals, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 5.5 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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