NHL Free Pick: Capitals @ Flyers 3/5/14
- Updated: March 5, 2014
Date/Time: March 5th, 8:00 p.m. ET
Television: NBC Sports Network
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Moneyline: Flyers -140
A showdown of two Metropolitan Division teams awaits a national audience on Wednesday night when the Philadelphia Flyers will host the Washington Capitals on NBC Sports Network at 8:00 p.m. ET on the ice inside the Wells Fargo Center.
The Capitals just played the Flyers on Sunday and lost 5-4 in overtime on their home ice. They enjoyed a 4-2 lead after two periods before allowing the Flyers to score two third period goals to send the game to overtime. Washington got two goals from D Dmitri Orlov in the game, which gives him just three goals on the season. The overtime loss put the Caps at 4-0-1 SU in their L/5 games and they are unbeaten at 2-0-1 SU since the Olympic break. This team is led by the outstanding play of superstar RW Alexander Ovechkin who has tallied 65 points on the year. He scored two goals in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Atlantic Division leading Boston Bruins, but was shutout on Sunday. The ‘over’ has cashed in eight of the Caps L/10 games and in the last three straight. The reason why is a No. 9 ranked offense that scores 2.8 goals per game and a shaky defense that gives up 2.9 goals per game. Washington is a tough road team at 12-13-5 SU on the year having won its last two road games. To get a win, the Capitals will need to get their power play unit clicking after they failed to score in seven man advantage chances on Sunday.
The Flyers got the big overtime goal from C Vincent Lecavalier at 2:45 into the extra period for the 5-4 win over the Caps. Leading goal scorer RW Claude Giroux had two goals in the win to put him at 21 goals on the year. Giroux added an assist in the game to give him four points in his L/2 outings. Like their opposition the Flyers have a recipe for the ‘over’ as it has cashed in their L/3 games and in six of the L/10 games. The numbers are virtually identical to Washington’s as Philly scores 2.8 goals per game and gives up 2.8 goals per game. The Flyers have the most penalty minutes in the league at 881, but thankfully they own the league’s No. 7 penalty kill unit that gets rid of the man advantage without incident 84.2 percent of the time. They spent just 16 minutes in the penalty box on Sunday and killed off all seven Capitals’ power plays. If Philadelphia can keep its guys out of the penalty box in this one it definitely has a solid advantage to sweep this home-and-home with Washington.
The Flyers are 17-11-1 SU at home this season including 4-2-0 in their L/6 games at the Wells Fargo Center. We expect this to be another close game between these two Metropolitan Division foes that are separated by just two points in the standings. Look for the ‘over’ to cash again in this tangle and for the Flyers to successfully defend their home ice.
Washington Capitals @ Philadelphia Flyers Pick: Philadelphia Flyers