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Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 1/21/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Flyers (22-16-8) at Washington Capitals (28-15-4)
Date & Time Sunday January 21, 2018, 12:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Washington Capitals -165 / Philadelphia Flyers +149 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NBC
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Capital One Arena and the Washington Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers in Sunday NHL action.

The Philadelphia Flyers are one of the hottest teams in the game with wins in seven of nine where both ends of the ice contributed to the success. Philadelphia comes off of a 3-1 victory versus the visiting New Jersey Devils on Saturday.  The Devils lone goal came from Jesper Bratt on the PP in the second on assists by Will Butcher and Taylor Hall.

Philadelphia exploded with a three goal first period that feature scoring from Travis Konecny, Valtteri Filppula and Ivan Provorov with Konecny adding an assist. Michal Neuvirth improved to 7-4-2 with 28 saves to keep the Flyers hot. Keith Kinkaid allowed three goals on seven shots for New Jersey before Ken Appleby came on in relief to stop 24 shots.

The Washington Capitals are a familiar sight atop the Metropolitan but the  team is not playing well with losses in three of four after winning five straight. Washington comes off of a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Montreal Canadiens on Friday. The Capitals received  goals from John Carlson  on the PP in the second and Lars Eller in the third.

Max Pacioretty paced the Canadiens attack with a second period power play goal and an empty net tally while Paul Byron also lit the lamp. Antti Niemi picked up the win for the Canadiens with 26 stops while Phillip Grubauer absorbed the loss with 23 saves to fall to 4-6-3.

Flyers are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and Flyers are 5-1 in their last 6 overall and under is 5-1 in Flyers last 6 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation. Under is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation and under is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 vs. a team with a losing record. Under is 3-0-3 in the last 6 meetings in Washington and Flyers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Washington and under is 4-1-3 in the last 8 meetings. 

The Capitals and defense have been ruling this matchup and for now I’ll go with the under…

Pick:
under 5.5 // will update // best bet is the Caps team total over 2.5

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