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#41 Washington Capitals -125 vs.
#42 Philadelphia Flyers 6.5
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Wednesday, there is a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams in the NHL. Specifically, the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers will face off at about 7:30 PM. This will be the first meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Wells Fargo Center.

Goalie Matchup: The Capitals will turn toBraden Holtby (8-1-3, 3.25 GAA)and the Flyers will counter with Carter Hart (6-3-1, 2.71 GAA).

Capitals Have Winning Streak Snapped

So far this season, the Washington Capitals are the best teams in the NHL. Specifically, the Capitals currently have 30 points which is the most in the entire league by a decent margin. In addition, the Capitals were in the midst of a six-game winning streak before losing to the Coyotes at home in a shootout in their last game. Now, Washington will look to start another winning streak on Wednesday as it will look to get its ninth road win of the season. If Philadelphia is underprepared, expect Washington to take serious advantage of it in this one.

Leading the Capitals offensively is defenseman John Carlson who has looked amazing this season. Specifically, he already has 21 assists and 29 points through the first 19 games of the regular season. Carlson has been a crucial component to the success of the franchise but he is in the midst of a career-year as he now looks like a top-five defenseman in the league.

The starting goalie for the Capitals in this game will be Braden Holtby who has pretty good so far this season. Specifically, he has an 8-1-3 record with a 3.25 GAA and a .898 save percentage. Last season, Holtby had a 3-0-0 record with a 2.01 GAA and a .933 save percentage against the Flyers so now he will be looking to continue that success this season.

Flyers Look To Extend Winning Streak

So far this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have looked like an above-average team in the Eastern Conference. Specifically, the Flyers have won 10 of their first 17 games which is good enough to put them in third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers also enter this game in great form as they are in the midst of a four-game winning streak. The main reason for this recent spurt has been its defense which has limited each of those four opponents to two goals or less. With an elite offense up next, Philadelphia's defense will look to showcase its form once again on Wednesday.

Leading the Flyers offensively will be centerTravis Konecny who has looked great so far this season. Specifically, he already has 19 points and a Plus/Minus rating of +1 in 17 games. In addition, he is still just 22 years old so he has a lot of room to grow as a player in the future for this franchise. It would not surprise me to see Konecny become a franchise staple in the immediate future.

The starting goalie for the Flyers in this game will be Carter Hart who has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he has a 6-3-1 record with a 2.71 GAA along with a .893 save percentage. Last season, Hart went 0-1-0 with a 4.02 GAA and a .871 save percentage against the Capitals so he will look to have more success against them on Wednesday.

Best Bets for this Game

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Even though both teams have been solid this season, Washington enters this game ias the slightly better team so I will take the road team in this game. Specifically, Washington is currently in first place in the Metropolitan Division while Phiadelphia is in third place so I think there is too much value with the Capitals in this one. Plus, Washington has been one of the best road teams in the league this season as it has won eight of its first ten road games. As a result, give me the Capitals.

Prediction: Washington Capitals

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Both teams possess elite offenses and average at best defenses so I have to take the over in this game. Both teams have solid power plays as well so any penalty can easily result in a goal at the drop of a hat which bodes well for the over. In addition, Holtby has gotten a ton of goal support whenever he is in net so I can see Washington scoring around four goals in this game. I expect this game to end somewhere in the realm of 4-3 so I have to take the over.

Prediction: Over 6.5

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Washington is the better of these two teams and enters this game with a great road record which should result in a lead after the first 20 minutes. I expect the Capitals to come out focused with Holtby in the nets as they have been virtually unbeatable with him in it as Washington should score at least one goal in the first period which should result in a push in a worst-case scenario. I expect Holtby to shut the door in the first period as his team enters the intermission with a lead. Give me the road team.

Prediction: Washington Capitals 1P
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.