Flyers at Capitals - 4/14/16 Game One Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Flyers (41-27-14) at Washington Capitals (56-18-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -200 / Philadelphia Flyers +170 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals play game one of the playoffs Thursday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers enter the playoffs after winning nine of their last 15 games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. Wayne Simmonds leads Philadelphia with 32 goals, Brayden Schenn has 33 assists and Claude Giroux has 241 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Steve Mason has allowed 132 goals on 1,602 shots faced and Michal Neuvirth has given up 69 goals on 908 shots. Mason has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Washington Capitals enter the playoffs after losing six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 50 goals, T.J. Oshie has 25 assists and Justin Williams has 201 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 141 goals on 1,802 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 43 goals on 523 shots. Holtby has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Flyers are 7-3 in their last 10 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Capitals are 36-16 in their last 52 Thursday games and 37-14 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Washington Capitals have been the most consistent team in hockey all year, and they know just how important it is to get off to a fast start in the playoffs. While the line is a little steep, the Flyers are likely going to have a hard time in this series.