The Washington Capitals (1st in East Division) will try to win three games in a row for the first time since the end of March while playing host to the Philadelphia Flyers (6th in the East), who have dropped nine of their last 13 decisions.
Flyers Get Stunned By BuffaloThe Philadelphia Flyers (19-16-6) lost for the third time in their last four outings (1-2-1) and for the fifth in their past seven (2-3-2) after dropping a 5-3 decision against the Buffalo Sabres at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The Flyers outshot the visitors 43-31, killed all three of their penalties and went 1-for-1 with the man-advantage, but gave up two goals in a span of 25 seconds and an empty-netter in the final 3:03 of the contest after leading 3-2 in the third period. Oskar Lindblom (6 goals, 11 points this year), Joel Farabee (15 goals, 30 points) and Shayne Gostisbehere (8 goals, 15 points) all tallied for Philly, which ended its eight-game season series against the Sabres with a 5-3-0 total.
Goalie Carter Hart stopped 26 shots on Sunday to take his current performance record to 8-11-5 for the season with a 3.79 GAA and a .872 save percentage. He has picked up a 2-3-1 career tally versus Washington with a 2.89 GAA and a .907 save percentage, while Brian Elliott (11-5-1 on the year with a 2.87 GAA and a .894 save percentage) is 10-8-0 against the Capitals historically with a 3.24 GAA and a .888 save percentage. The Flyers are 13th in most goals scored per game this season (2.95), 2nd in most goals given up on average (3.51), 16th in power play (20.0%) and 3rd from the bottom in penalty kill (75.0%).
Capitals Thrash BostonThe Washington Capitals (27-11-4) banked two consecutive victories after following up Friday’s 4-3 road triumph over the Buffalo Sabres with an 8-1 battering of the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Sunday. T.J. Oshie (14 goals, 33 points this year), Lars Eller (7 goals, 18 points) and Conor Sheary (10 goals, 16 points) all picked up doubles for the Caps, who buried three strikes in each of the first two periods, adding two more in the final third, scoring eight goals in a game for the first time since January 2010 (8-1 win versus the Atlanta Thrashers). Nic Dowd (8 goals, 10 points) and Tom Wilson (10 goals, 25 points) also scored, as 15 different Washington players, including all 12 forwards, tallied at least one point.
Goalie Vitek Vanecek turned aside 34 shots on Sunday and has now gone 17-7-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.60 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has conceded four goals on 14 shots in the previous 36-and-a-half minutes played versus Philadelphia, while Ilya Samsonov (9-3-1 on the season with a 2.97 GAA and a .894 save percentage) is 3-0-0 against the Flyers historically with a 2.50 GAA and a .922 save percentage. The Capitals are 2nd in most goals scored per game this year (3.43), 14th in most goals allowed on average (2.95), 4th in power play (25.5%) and 8th in penalty kill (82.8%).
Philadelphia (according to Covers.com)
- Flyers are 0-6 in their last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
- Flyers are 2-7 in their last 9 games as a road underdog.
Washington (according to Covers.com)
- Capitals are 17-4 in their last 21 games as a favorite.
- Capitals are 8-2 in their last 10 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The chances of Philadelphia making the playoffs this season are dropping at a dramatic pace, as the team is starting to lose games it has practically had in the bag. Sunday’s 5-3 shocker, during which the Flyers gave up three goals and a 3-2 lead in the last three minutes of the game, is a prime example of the current shortcomings of Philly, with most of them completely unexplainable. The team is currently riding a three-game winning streak in Washington. But don’t hold your breath for another road triumph of the Flyers in D.C.! The Capitals completely humiliated the Boston Bruins in their last road game on Sunday (8-1), getting at least a point from 15 different players, and are returning home on the back of seven victories in their most recent nine domestic fixtures. Washington has also triumphed in 17 of its past 21 games as a favorite, so do expect their own current three-game overall winning run against Philadelphia to stretch out to four matchups.
Full-Game Total Pick
Five of the last six regular-season meetings between the Capitals and the Flyers have delivered goals aplenty, averaging no less than 8.80 snipes per encounter. So, banking on their upcoming head-to-head contest to deliver another high-scoring clash is definitely the best of options! Out of the past 52 road fixtures of Philadelphia, 34 have already cruised past the set goal-mark, as have 13 of their most recent 18 outings played on a single day’s rest. Six of the previous nine overall matchups of the Caps, meanwhile, have all witnessed plenty of markers, posting an average of 8.83 tallies per bout.