Washington Capitals (39-12-7) at Philadelphia Flyers (28-24-7)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 22, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +127 / Washington Capitals -140 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Philadelphia Flyers look for a statement victory at home on Wednesday night as they welcome the Washington Capitals to town.
The Capitals look to continue their dominance against the Eastern Conference with a road win against the Flyers on Wednesday night in what should be a very exciting affair on an otherwise light nice on the ice across the NHL slate. The Capitals have been excellent all season long and look as good as anyone in the league to win the Stanley Cup but we have had this discussion it seems like every year for the last decade as they always have a strong roster and the offense to beat anybody but they have yet to make it out of the Eastern Conference and until they do they will always be doubted in most hockey circles. Washington is likely to send Braden Holtby to the crease here as he will face off against Michal Neuvirth who had a very strong playoffs last year and is clearly the best option in the Philadelphia crease.
The Flyers meanwhile are fighting tooth and nail for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race as they are currently three points off the pace but they can make a serious statement here with a home win against one of the league’s best. Philly got off to a fast start and looked like they might compete for top spot in the Metro division but a modest stretch has them behind the division’s elite that includes the Caps and at this rate they are best to go after a wild card spot as it looks as though top spot is well out of reach as they are a full 22 points back of the division leading Caps. However, the Flyers have been very strong at home this season with 17 victories to their name and they are coming off a nice victory in their last outing so this could be a close one.
The Caps are 5-1 in their last six Wednesday games and 36-16 in their last 52 overall while the Flyers are 2-5 in their last seven overall and 5-1 in their last six home games against a team with a winning road record. I have been a Caps supporter all season long and our run on cashing in on them is running out but this is actually a spot where I like the Flyers as they play well at home and always step up against some of the league’s elite.