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Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 3/4/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers (30-26-7) at Washington Capitals (43-13-7)
Date & Time Saturday March 4, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)
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The Line
The Line: Washington Capitals -275 / Philadelphia Flyers +225 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Washington Capitals look to extend their home winning streak to 15 games as they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to town on Saturday night.

The Flyers look for a statement road victory at the Verizon Center on Saturday as they continue their chase for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but they have their work cut out for them as the Caps have been chopping down road opponents on the regular this season. Philly started the season in great shape and looked like they were going to play their way back into the playoffs and be a tough team to face at that, but right now they look subpar and will have to right the ship if they’re going to be back in the playoff discussion and a win here against the league’s best would certainly be a great place to start. The Flyers are likely to send Michal Neuvirth to the crease as he has retaken the starter’s role and he will face off against the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in Braden Holtby who was crowned the NHL’s best goaltender last season.

The Capitals meanwhile extended their home winning streak to 14 games with a 1-0 shutout win over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday and now they turn their attention to a Flyers group that is desperate for points in the Metropolitan division. Washington made the biggest splash at the trade deadline when they acquired Kevin Shattenkirk and now they look like a group destined to finally break through in the Eastern Conference playoffs – a feat they have yet to accomplish under the direction of Alexander Ovechkin. Washington is a very impressive 43-13-7 this season and are 26-5 at the Verizon Center and the odds makers think those trends will continue on Saturday as they are big time favourites in this spot.

The Flyers are 1-4 in their last five following a win and 3-13 in their last 16 road games while the Caps are 4-1 in their last five against the Metro and 53-16 in their last 69 home games. Washington’s winning streak is bound to end soon but I think it’ll take more than the Flyers and their Swiss cheese defense to do it so lock in the Capitals here and move on.

Washington Capitals -0.5
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