John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals will do battle against Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny, and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in a divisional tilt. NBC Sports Network will air the matchup, which gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8.
Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Playing the role of underdogs will be the Capitals (-130), whereas the Flyers are favored displaying moneyline odds of +110 and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).
Washington is 30-14 straight up (SU) and has netted 8.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 28 of its outings have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under and none have pushed. As the road team this season, the Caps are 17-6 SU.
Washington has converted on 21.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the league. On the other hand, it has the fourth-best penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 83.4 percent of all penalties..
Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a .902 save percentage, Braden Holtby (18-12-4) has been the top option in goal for Washington this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, head coach Todd Reirden could turn to Ilya Samsonov (12-4-1 record, .921 save percentage, 2.24 goals against average).
On the other bench, Philadelphia is 22-21 straight up (SU) and has earned 1.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 43 regular season outings, 22 of its games have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 13-6 SU at home this season.
The Flyers have converted on just 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Carter Hart has stopped 21.7 shots per game as the primary selection in the crease for the Flyers. Hart has 13 wins, 16 losses, and three overtime losses and has registered a pedestrian 2.61 goals against average and a fairly-weak .905 save percentage this year.
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under
The Flyers are 4-5 in games decided by shootout. The Capitals are 3-2 in shootouts.
Washington skaters have accounted for the league’s eighth-most hits per game (24.0).