Down 3-0 in the opening round of their Eastern Conference playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol made a goaltending change from Steve Mason to former Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth. In the next two games, Neuvirth stopped 75 of 76 shots faced to lead his team to consecutive wins and get right back into the series.
- The Flyers are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games at home.
- The Flyers are 6-2 SU in their last eight games versus the Capitals at home.
- OVER is 7-3-2 in the Capitals last 7 games playing on one day’s rest.
Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Capitals at -180 in moneyline markets while the Flyers come in at +160. The total is presently tabbed at 5 with OVER +105 and UNDER -125.
Despite winning 2-0 in Game 5, traffic was completely one way as Neuvirth was asked to make a whopping 44 saves while the Flyers mustered a dismal 11.
The Caps dominated virtually every statistical category in Game 5 except the one that matters; the scoreboard. One of those categories was hits as the Caps plastered the Flyers all over the ice, out hitting them 35 to 17, led by Alex Ovechkin’s eight.
Speaking of the Russian sniper, I’m sure the Caps would trade the bulk of those hits for some points. Ovi has failed to register a point in back-to-back games and has been held off the scoresheet in three of the five games this series.