Washington Capitals (41-20-9) at Philadelphia Flyers (42-21-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +135 / Washington Capitals -167 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers meet Thursday in NHL East Qualifying round robin action at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Washington Capitals look for a victory after losing a shootout game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Washington Capitals are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Richard Panik leads Washington with one goal, Nicklas Backstrom has one assist and Evgeny Kuznetsov has three shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up two goals on 28 shots faced.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for another victory after beating the Boston Bruins in their bubble opener. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging four goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Raffl leads Philadelphia with one goal, Jakub Voracek has one assist and Philippe Myers has five shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing one goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed one goal on 35 shots faced.
The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite, 2-9 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Flyers are 9-1 in their last 10 games following a win, 24-8 in their last 32 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-7 in their last 27 overall. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Flyers last 4 overall. The favorite is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
The Philadelphia Flyers entered the break as one of the hotter teams in the league and emerged as a legit title contender. The Flyers looks terrific in a beatdown win over the Bruins, showing that form may still be there. The Flyers have also won three straight games against the Capitals, outscoring them 15-6 in those contests. While we know what the Capitals are capable of any given day, it's really tough to turn down the plus money with the Flyers based on form and recent history.