Capitals Travel to Philadelphia to Face the Flyers Saturday
The Washington Capitals will travel to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon to take on the Philadelphia Flyers in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Flyers have not played since Tuesday, so they will be incredibly rested heading into this game.
This will be the third of four games, with the teams splitting the first two, including a 5-3 Washington road win last week. Washington is fourth in the division (28-15-9, 65 points), while Philadelphia is seventh in the division (15-25-9, 39 points).
These teams know one another and should be able to have a solid game here. Let’s dive into some odds and predictions to determine the best places to wager in this game.
Can’t Stop the Cap
Washington has been a solid offensive team as they are averaging 3.25 goals per game this season. They are being led by left winger Alex Ovechkin as he is tied for sixth in the NHL in points and fourth in goals as he has 62 points (31 goals, 31 assists). He has been playing pretty well recently as he has recorded four points in his last four games.
The defense has been stepping up a bit as the Capitals are allowing 2.75 goals per game thus far. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov has been playing decently well as he is currently 17-7-3 this season while giving up 2.84 goals and a .906 save percentage this season with three shoutouts.
The defense has allowed 30 power play goals this season and needs to step up more consistently if they want to climb into the divisional race this season in the second half of the year.
Need to Fly Up the Standings
Philadelphia’s offense needs to step up a bit more as they are currently averaging 2.55 goals per game this season. They have a handful of players on the Injured Reserve, but center Claude Giroux has been leading the offense as he has recorded 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) this season and has recorded five points in his last five games, including an assist against Washington.
This Flyers defense needs to improve as they are allowing 3.43 goals per game so far and need to work on that drastically if they want to win. Goaltender Carter Hart has been struggling as he is 9-16-6 with 2.96 goals allowed per game and a .910 save percentage. Their biggest weakness seems to be against the power play as they have allowed 35 goals when shortened via penalties.
Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions
There seems to be a stark difference between these teams, and the Caps have been the better team. In the previous four games, Washington is giving up 2.5 goals, while Philadelphia is allowing five goals per game in that span.
Both teams have had the over hit more than the under this season, and they have shown the ability to allow goals. All in all, go with the Washington Capitals to cover the puck line on the road as well as the over to hit as these defenses have struggled somewhat.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.