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Must-Win Game for Flyers in Philly

Braden Holtby Washington Capitals Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia Flyers NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Philadelphia Flyers return home down 2-0 in their series with the Washington Capitals and will hope the familiar confines of the Wells Fargo Center inspires some goalscoring. Both games would have felt winnable for the Flyers if not for the steady play of Caps goalie Braden Holtby as well as the Caps’ dominant special teams.

Shark Bites
  • The Flyers are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games after a loss.
  • The Capitals are 1-5 SU in their last six games in Philadelphia.
  • The Capitals are 15-6 SU in their last 21 games versus the Metropolitan Division.

At online book Bovada, the Flyers are +130 in moneyline markets while the Capitals are -150. The total is presently 5 with OVER at -105 and UNDER at -115.

Holtby has stopped 60 of the 61 shots he’s faced through the opening two games of the series, bringing his stellar play from the regular season into the playoffs. Furthermore, the Caps have been stellar when shorthanded as they’ve killed off all eight of Philly’s chances with the man advantage.

Holtby’s opposite number, Steve Mason, will hope to put an embarrassing goal behind him. Jason Chimera scored on a dump in that went right through Mason to give the Caps a 2-0 lead in Game 2. What’s important for Mason and the Flyers is that he put it behind him. "Can say it over and over again, 'It's a bad goal,'" Mason said. "That wasn't good. My fault, obviously. Put the team in a tough position after that. Just a bad goal."

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Philadelphia sat as 130 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at Bovada but may move closer to puck drop.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 3.6-1.6 result in favor of the Capitals today. 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 Philadelphia Flyers are 41-29-14 so far on the season. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, are 58-18-8. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen Philadelphia go 32-31-21 and the Capitals go 33-33-18 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Philadelphia vs Washington injuries news.

This game puts the Philadelphia Flyers, most recently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Washington Capitals, who rate a No. 15 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Philadelphia Flyers No. 22-ranked offense (2.56 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.31 goals per game allowed. The Flyers powerplay has clicked at a 18.4% rate while the Capitals have a 85.44% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap


Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games on the road
  • Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
  • Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington
  • Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Philadelphia, Wednesday, April 20th