Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, and the Washington Capitals will do battle against Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier, and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in a divisional matchup. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the game, and the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8.
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds
Playing the role of favorites will be the Capitals (-130), while the Flyers are dogs offering 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 earned moneyline bettors 8.8 units this season. 28 of its outings have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under and none have pushed. The Caps are 17-6 SU on the road in 2019-20.
Washington has converted on 21.8 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for 10th-best in the NHL. On the other hand, it has the fourth-best penalty kill in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off 83.4 percent of its penalties..
Boasting a .902 save percentage and 26.3 saves per game, Braden Holtby (18-12-4) has been the top option in goal for Washington this year. If head coach Todd Reirden decides to rest him, however, Washington might go with Ilya Samsonov (12-4-1 record, .921 save percentage, 2.24 goals against average).
Philadelphia is 22-21 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.3 units this season. Through 43 regular season contests, 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 year.
The Flyers have converted on just 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, 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 penalties.
Carter Hart (21.7 saves per game) has been the primary selection in goal for the Flyers. Hart has 13 wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has maintained a fairly-weak .905 save percentage and 2.61 goals against average this season.
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Free Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under
The Flyers are 4-5 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Capitals are 3-2 in shootouts.
Washington skaters have accounted for the eighth-most hits in the league (24.0 per game).