Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals
|Date & Time||Sunday March 24, 2019, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
Capital One Arena
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +157 / Washington Capitals -195 -- Over/Under:
The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Philadelphia Flyers look for a big road victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Sean Couturier leads Philadelphia with 31 goals, Claude Giroux has 59 assists and Jakub Voracek has 183 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 62 goals on 706 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 63 goals on 811 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Washington Capitals could also use a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 48 goals, John Carlson has 53 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 68 goals on 720 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 152 goals on 1,643 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Flyers are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 20-9 in their last 29 overall. The Capitals are 8-1 in their last 9 games as a favorite, 123-56 in their last 179 games as a home favorite and 128-62 in their last 190 home games. The Flyers are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 8-3-1 in Flyers last 12 games as an underdog. The under is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 games as a favorite.
This is an early start for a Philadelphia Flyers team that played yesterday, and they're running into a Washington Capitals team that's beaten them in seven of the last 10 meetings. In fact, the Capitals have scored five goals in four of the last five games against the Flyers. Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers need this game more in terms of chasing a playoff berth, but this is a tough schedule spot for the visitors and the history hasn't been kind. I have no choice but to back the Washington Capitals on their home ice.