Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 12/15/13
Philadelphia Flyers (14-15-3) at Washington Capitals (17-12-3)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -136 / Philadelphia Flyers +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers snapped their three game losing streak on Thursday night with a win over the Montreal Canadiens. Steve Mason has been the back bone of this hockey club this year and who would have thought that would be possible coming into this year. Philadelphia has been known for being an uptempo, high scoring hockey club under Peter Laviolette, but that hasn't been the case this year. Since the coaching change the club has been focusing more on the defensive side of the puck but when breakdowns occur Mason has been there time and time again. The 25 year old is just 11-9-3 on the season but he's posted a 2.29 goals against average and .927 save percentage. Mason's performance has been exactly what the Flyers have needed to get back in the race in the weak Metropolitan Division. Michael Raffl opened the scoring for the Flyers late in the first period and Philadelphia never looked back. Claude Giroux added his sixth goal of the season in the second and Mason did the rest, stopping 20 shots to seal the 2-1 victory. Now Philadelphia has a huge chance to really make up some ground if they can pick up a couple of wins against the Washington Capitals. The Flyers are currently sixth in the division standings but just six points behind the second place Capitals. Washington had won three straight and four of their last five before falling to the Florida Panthers on Friday night. All four goals in the game were scored in the second period with Washington getting markers from Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward. The game would go to the 10th round of the shootout before Philipp Grubauer surrendered his fourth goal of the skills competition to Tomas Kopecky to seal the 3-2 win for the Panthers. Washington has been up and down like most of the clubs in the division this season but the Capitals have stablized a bit more than most others. This is a great opportunity for them to create some separation between themselves and the teams on the bottom of the standings.
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