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Caps Have Owned Flyers When Favored to Win

The NHL has been a league of runs this year and that’s been a very true statement for the Philadelphia Flyers, who have followed up their 10-game win streak by dropping their last two contests. They’ll jockey for position in the stacked Metropolitan this evening when they host the Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center in a heated division tilt.

SHARK BITES
  • The Capitals are 5-2 in their last 7 games as favorites against the Flyers.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Flyers' last 8 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in 21 of the Capitals' last 30 games on the road against the Flyers.

Washington could be without the services of John Carlson tonight but even if the 26-year-old leader of the Caps’ defensive unit misses the game due to illness, they should still be fine at the back end. The Wild and the Blue Jackets are the only teams that have allowed fewer goals than the Capitals as Barry Trotz’s lockdown system is in full effect.

Alex Ovechkin and the boys up front have not quite found their offensive rhythm but playing the Flyers has been a slump buster for most teams this season. Philly has allowed 102 goals – tied for second-most in the NHL – and its goaltending has been well below the league average with a team save percentage of .899.

These teams have not met since their first-round playoff matchup last year when the Capitals took out the Flyers in six games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Washington Capitals opened as -120 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including BetOnline. The total opened at 5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.2-2.1 victory for the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Capitals will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 19-8-3 this season, while the Flyers are 19-11-4. Washington is 10-11-6 against the total, while Philadelphia is 17-10-4 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Washington injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 6-rated Washington Capitals taking on the No. 9-rated Philadelphia Flyers in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Philadelphia Flyers No. 5-ranked offense (3.15 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Flyers powerplay has clicked at a 22.76% rate while the Capitals have a 84% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Capitals were a 3-0 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Canucks. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -280 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Red Wings on December 11. Bettors who backed the Flyers at +125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games
  • Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Washington is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Philadelphia is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
  • Philadelphia is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Tampa Bay, Friday, December 23rd
Philadelphia at New Jersey, Thursday, December 22nd

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