Washington Capitals (28-12-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (20-17-6)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +120 / Washington Capitals -134 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers meet in NHL action from the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Washington Capitals will look to rebound from a bad 5-2 loss to Buffalo in their last game. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in scoring with 45 points including a team-high 31 assists while Alexander Ovechkin has 39 points with a team-high 22 goals and 164 shots on goal this season. John Carlson has 38 points with 28 assists while T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Anthony Mantha all have double-digit goal and assist marks this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.5 goals on 28.3 shots with a 27.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.9 goals on 29.5 shots against with an 83.1% success rate on the PK this season.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look to build on a 2-1 shootout win over Pittsburgh in their last game. James van Riemsdyk leads the Flyers in scoring with 34 poitns including 13 goals and 21 assists while Jakub Voracek had 33 points with a team-high 25 assists. Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier each had 31 points with double-digit goals and assist tallies and Joel Farabee has a team-high 15 goals this season. As a team, Philadelphia is averaging 2.9 goals on 29.9 shots with a 19.7% conversion rat eon the PP while giving up 3.5 goals on 29 shots against per game with a 73.2% success rate killing off penalties.
Washington is 18-4 in their last 22 games as a favorite and 4-1 in their last 5 road games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Philadelphia is 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 1-8 in their last 9 games following a win while the over is 7-3 in their last 10 home games. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I love a home dog as much as the next person, but the reality I’m facing is that this is not the same Philadelphia team that went on a late-season surge and ended up with the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference in the bubble. The Flyers are having issues keeping the puck out of the net more often than not and simply put, I just trust the Capitals more in this spot. I’ll lay the juice with Washington here.