The Washington Capitals (40-22-10) will try to extend their winning streak to four games on Tuesday when they host the Philadelphia Flyers (23-38-11) as huge home favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. The Flyers vs Capitals prediction has the hosts ranked as one of the best in the Eastern Conference and the visitors as one of the worst.
Flyers vs Capitals Odds & Analysis
Washington has played like a team looking to finish the regular season strong heading into the playoffs despite the fact there is little it can do to improve its positioning. Philadelphia, meanwhile, has nothing to play for at this point and is performing like that as well.
The Capitals are likely stuck in the second wild-card spot in the East, trailing Pittsburgh by four points for third place in the Metropolitan Division and Boston by five for the top wild-card slot. The Flyers have already been eliminated from playoff contention, dropping six of their last eight in attempting to play spoilers. They have lost four of their last five games against potential playoff teams, which is why their opponent is a growing favorite (-255), and the line will probably continue going that way.
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Philadelphia’s Road Struggles One Reason Team Has Disappointed
The Flyers might be the biggest disappointment of any NHL team this season, this after showing some serious promise just two years ago. They dealt captain Claude Giroux away before the trade deadline and have lost eight of 12 games without him, which is pretty much how they performed with him before letting him play for a legitimate Stanley Cup contender in the Florida Panthers.
Regardless, Philadelphia has one of the league’s worst road records as well at 10-20-5, and that poor play away from home has also hurt the team’s chances to compete on a consistent basis.
With six of their last 10 games on the road, the Flyers will need to buck those trends to finish up on a positive note.
Washington Peaking At Perfect Time To Possibly Make Playoff Run
The Capitals are playing great hockey, and that is a concern for any foe the rest of the regular season and in the playoffs no matter who they face. They continue to own the best road mark in the NHL and have performed better at home recently with big wins over the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins in their last two at Capital One Arena.
Add that two-game home winning streak to a 6-3 road victory against the Penguins, and Washington’s current three-game run overall has given the team a large boost of confidence.
The Flyers vs Capitals prediction now says the hosts will have a three-game home winning streak for surprisingly just the third time this year.
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Flyers: Keys To Victory
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, and that in a nutshell is the best way to describe Philadelphia’s ability to earn wins. The Flyers have been a consistently bad team, but they did upset the otherwise hot New York Rangers as +270 road underdogs on April 3. They pulled off another upset in beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 as +110 road dogs on April 7. That makes two road wins in a row after losing 16 of their previous 17 away from home.
Capitals: Keys To Victory
Washington has scored four goals or more while limiting opponents to three goals or less each time during its three-game winning streak, and that seems to be the secret to the team’s success. Only once since February 26 has this club given up three goals and lost, otherwise it has taken four goals or more in five of its last six defeats. That is not to say the opposition couldn’t have scored less and still won, but most of the recent losses were plagued by poor defense and goaltending. However, that obviously has not been the case lately, making another Flyers vs Capitals pick on the hosts a smart one.
Odds Shark’s Computer Flyers vs Capitals Prediction: Capitals -260
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