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Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Analysis and Prediction

The Washington Capitals (11-12-4) hope to reach .500 on Wednesday night as they visit the Walls Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia Flyers (9-12-5). The Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers prediction is one of seven NHL games on the NHL schedule Wednesday.

Despite the poor records of both teams this season, they’ve actually received quality goaltending from their starting netminders. Darcy Kuemper, the expected starter for the Capitals vs Flyers prediction, is 8-9-2 this season with a 2.56 goals-against average (GAA) and .916 save percentage. 

Carter Hart is 8-7-4 with a 2.83 GAA and a .911 save percentage for the Flyers. Washington and Philadelphia are ranked 14th and 19th in goals allowed per game, respectively.

Last Game Records

Flyers’ Last Game Record

The Philadelphia Flyers standings have been up and down this season. The team started well under new head coach John Tortorella but has been disappointing as of late. 

The Flyers are 2-6-2 in their last ten games but are coming off of a victory against the shorthanded Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

Capitals’ Last Game Record

Before that game, Philadelphia had scored just 13 goals in its last seven games.

Washington, meanwhile, is 4-4-2 in its last ten games and coming off a 3-2 road victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Nic Dowd scored the game-winner in the third period, while backup Charlie Lindgren made 28 saves to preserve the victory. Washington outshot Edmonton 50-30.

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Analysis

The Washington Capitals odds have them as the favorite for the Capitals vs Flyers prediction. The Capitals

are at -140 on the moneyline. The Flyers payout +127. 

The Capitals NHL odds for the -1.5 puckline is +170, while the Flyers are paying out -195 on the +1.5 puckline. The over/under for the game is set at 6, with the over and under paying out -113 and +102, respectively. 

Can Washington Turn Things Around?

Washington has been a perennial playoff team since drafting Alexander Ovechkin, but that appears to be in jeopardy through the first 27 games of the season.

The Capitals are sixth in the NHL standings for the Metropolitan Division and are five points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the second and final wild-card playoff spot. 

Like Philadelphia, the offense has been the big issue for the Capitals. They’ve scored just 74 goals and allowed 85. They’re 27th league-wide in goals per game at 2.74. 

Ovechkin at the Leadership

Ovechkin leads the team with 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists) but hasn’t received much support. Only two other players – Dylan Strome and Evgeny Kuznetsov – have at least 15 points.

Washington has a relatively tough schedule ahead with NHL teams like the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs. They’ll need to get a win tonight to gain some confidence.

Flyers Need Help on Offense

Tortorella is going to be losing his mind if the Flyers can’t find the back of the net with consistency here soon. Philadelphia has the second-worst goals-per-game average in the league at 2.46.

Kevin Hayes leads the team in NHL player stats with 27 points in 26 games, but, like Washington, only two other players have at least 15 points. 

Flyers’ Poor Roster

Philadelphia’s roster, as of today, simply isn’t good enough. The team has several key players out with injuries but needs more from players like Morgan Frost (6 points), Scott Laughton (9 points), and Owen Tippett (11 points).

Updates

Both teams have plenty of players on the NHL injury report. Kuemper was day-to-day with an upper-body injury but is expected to play for Washington tonight.

Forwards:

  • Tom Wilson
  • Connor Brown
  • Nicklas Backstrom

Are all out with injuries. Brown will miss the entire season.

The Flyers are without defenseman Ryan Ellis, who has only played a handful of games with the team in two seasons. They’re also without forwards James van Riemsdyk, Cam Atkinson, and Sean Couturier. 

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Preview

Despite its poor record, Washington hasn’t been that bad against the spread (ATS) this season, with a 14-13 record, including 8-7 on the road. The over-under is 10-16 in Capitals games with one push.

The Flyers, surprisingly, have been one of the best NHL picks ATS with a 15-11 record, including 8-6 at home. The over-under is 11-14, with one push in Flyers games this season.

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Prediction

Both teams are struggling and in desperate need of a victory tonight. However, the Flyers should be especially motivated to get back on track, considering they were coming off a 3-2 defeat to the Capitals two weeks ago. 

NHL Pick: Flyers (+127)

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