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David vs. Goliath as Flyers Meet Caps

Braden Holtby Washington Capitals Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers NHL

After finishing the regular season with the most points and clinching the Presidents’ Trophy, it’s time for the Washington Capitals to put up or shut up as they open their Stanley Cup quest versus the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team has gone 5-12 SU in the last 17 games in this matchup.
  • The Flyers are 5-2 SU in their last seven games versus teams with winning records.
  • The Capitals have gone 22-8 in their last 30 games at home.

Online shop Bovada is presently offering the Caps at -240 in moneyline markets while the Flyers are being offered at +190. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is presently -120 while UNDER 5 goals is -110.

The Caps finished a stellar regular season with 120 points – 11 more than anyone else in the league and 24 more than their opening round opponent. The Capitals have won the Presidents’ Trophy before, but with less-than-stellar results. They captured the trophy in 2009-10 with a whopping 121 points, but were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round.

The Flyers won’t need any extra motivation but that little tidbit will certainly be good bulletin board material prior to the puck dropping. A second-half surge propelled the Flyers up the standings and enabled them to clinch the eighth seed in the East and a date with the Caps.

The clubs split four meetings during the regular season and it was the Flyers that took the most recent. Philly skated to a 2-1 shootout victory when the clubs last met on March 30 and have actually gone 8-3 SU the last 11 times these two have met.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Washington Capitals in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -200 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under total was at 5 earlier at Bet365.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 2.9-2.4 win for the Flyers on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

56-18-8 Washington battles the Flyers, currently with a 41-27-14 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 33-32-17 for the Capitals and 32-30-20 for the Flyers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Philadelphia injuries news.

The Washington Capitals sit at No. 15 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Philadelphia Flyers sit at a No. 8 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 2-ranked offense (3.07 goals per game) against a Philadelphia Flyers defense that ranks No. 14 at 2.66 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 22.27% rate while the Flyers have a 80.16% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Flyers were a 5-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Islanders. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -121 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Capitals were a 2-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Ducks. That made winners of bettors who got Anaheim at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (2) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Philadelphia is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
  • Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Philadelphia is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Washington
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Philadelphia at Washington, Saturday, April 16th