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Flyers vs. Capitals - 1/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (20-11-7) at Philadelphia Flyers (15-18-7)
Date & Time Thursday January 8, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
CSNB, CSN
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NHL | Washington Capitals (20-11-7) at Philadelphia Flyers (15-18-7)
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The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers square off Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Washington Capitals have won seven of their last 10 games and wrap up a two-game road trip. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 13 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have two power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last seven games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 20 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 27 assists and Troy Brouwer has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Justin Peters has allowed 22 goals on 172 shots faced and Braden Holtby has given up 75 goals on 945 shots.

The Philadelphia Flyers have lost five of their last six games and continue to fall in their division. The Flyers are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The Philadelphia Flyers have four power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Wayne Simmonds leads Philly with 16 goals, Jakub Voracek has 33 assists and Claude Giroux has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Steve Mason has allowed 65 goals on 800 shots and Ray Emery has given up 42 goals on 392 shots.

The Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Flyers are 5-12 in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-8 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record. The Capitals are 10-25-1 in the last 36 meetings in Philadelphia and 3-8 in the last 11 meetings overall.

I like the Flyers at home. The Capitals have been brutal against the Flyers in the past and are coming off a back-to-back game. Give me the home team here. 

Pick:
Philadelphia Flyers

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