Philadelphia Flyers (22-16-2-4 SU, 19-25 PL, 23-16-5 O/U) vs Washington Capitals (28-9-1-4 SU, 16-26 PL, 17-16-9 O/U)
When: 12:30 PM ET, Sunday, January 15, 2016
Where: Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Lines: Washington -212/ Philadelphia +190
Sunday afternoon NHL action and the Philadelphia Flyers will tangle with the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Flyers enter this contest off a game in Boston on Saturday, while the Capitals are off a 6-0 home win over the Blackhawks and they have now won their last eight games in a row. The Under is 3-0-1 the last four games in this series.
Can The Flyers Turn It Back Around?
The Philadelphia Flyers were really playing well in the beginning of the year and at one point they were sitting in 3rd place in the Metro Division, just a few points out of first, but they have really struggled of late as they gone just 3-9 in their last 12 games. They are now 12 points out of first and in 5th place in the division. The real culprit of late has been their offense, which has averaged just 2.00 gpg in their last 14 games. They just don’t have the goaltending this year to overcome bad offense like that. This does look like a team that is in trouble this year and after getting to the postseason last year, they should be taking a step back, before going forward. Leading the Flyers in scoring this year has been Wayne Simmonds, who has 17 goals, while 2nd is Brayden Schenn with 14 and 3rd is Jakub Voracek with 13.
Getting the nod in this game in the crease will be Steve mason, who has gone 14-20 with a 2.97 GAA on the year, including 4-12 with a 3.09 GAA on the road, while vs the Capitals in his career he has gone 9-7 with a 2.65 GAA. The Flyers enter this game ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 2.82 gpg, while also ranking 5th in shots taken (31.8 spg) and 4th in power play conversions, converting on 22.7% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have not been that good as they come in ranked 27th in goals allowed, giving up just 3.02 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots allowed (28.8) and 17th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.5% of their chances.
Caps Pound Blackhawks, Win Streak At Eight
The Washington Capitals are on a roll and starting to look like the team that had the most points in the league last year. They have won their last eight games in a row and have closed to within just one point of first-place Columbus in the Metro Division. In their eight-game win streak, they have outscored their opponent 35-11 and are coming in off a 6-0 pounding of the Blackhawks, who have the best record in the West. scoring in the win over Chicago was Jay Beagle, who scored twice and now has eight goals on the year, Nicklas Backstrom, which was his 12th of the year, Brett Connolly, which was his 6th, Tom Wilson, which was his 3rd and T.J. Oshie, which was his 14th. The Capitals are now a very solid 17-6 here at home for the year so far.
Taking the win for the Caps against the Blackhawks was Braden Holtby, who has now gone 21-12 with a 1.85 GAA on the year, including 14-6 with a 1.72 GAA here at home, while vs the Flyers in his career he has gone 6-11 with a 2.71 GAA. The Capitals enter this game ranked 7th in the league in scoring at 2.98 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots taken (30.5 spg) and 16th in power play conversions, converting on 18.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been very solid as they rank 1st in goals allowed, giving up 1.95 gpg, while also ranking 5th in shots allowed (27.9) and 3rd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 13.9% of their chances.
- 0-7 their last eight road games
- 0-5 in their last five road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- 7-0 in their last seven vs. the Eastern Conference
- 58-21 in their last 79 games playing on one days rest
The Philadelphia Flyers have been struggling of late, while the Capitals are very hot. Washington just took out a good Chicago team here at home and easily and they should be able to do the same vs a Philadelphia team that will be playing on no rest. The Capitals have won their last eight games in a row and have outscored their foes 35-11 over that stretch. They have three shutouts in their last five games and the flyers have struggled on offense of late. Take the Caps on the puckline as they win this game by at least three goals.