Washington vs Philadelphia
Washington Capitals will host Philadelphia Flyers. It's a first game for both after All star break. Two rivals from Metropolitan Division. As such they are scheduled to meet four times in this regular season and tonight's game is the third one. Maybe surprisingly but the Flyers have dominated in the first two. First they won at home very early in the season with huge 8:2. That was probably the worst game of the season for Capitals who never allowed more goals in this season than back then. Philip Grubauer was Washington goalie in the mentioned game.
Second meeting was recently, just before All Star break, ten days ago. That time it was game in DC. Completely different game from the first one. Only three goals and with decider in the Over Time. But again the Flyers prevailed. Still, I don't think Philadelphia will be successful tonight.
The Flyers even with a recent win here are only 2-5 in last seven in Washington.
Braden Holtby should be in net for the Caps. BTW he was the starter also in the mentioned 1:2 loss to Flyers. He was very good ten days ago but on the other side Philadelphia had Brian Elliott who was outstanding with 27 saves. Elliott has started also in the mentioned 8:2 Flyers' win early in the season. But the Flyers are without him for this third meeting against Capitals. He was injured and out from the Flyers' final game before All star game. With backup goalie Michael Neuvirth, the Flyers allowed five goals. Yes that was against Tampa Bay but IMO Capitals are that level and I won't be surprised if Washington catch Tampa Bay for No.1 seed on the East.
Alex Ovechkin is of course the guy in whom I hope the most to get advantage of weak Flyers goalie tonight. Ovechkin, the best player in the league, again is having amazing season. He already has reached the margin of 30 goals and is only one of few in the history to have 30+ goals in so many consecutive seasons. Hopefully Ovechkin will have one more great game tonight.
Washington vs Philadelphia prediction
|Washington to win||Pinnacle||1.70||8||5-3 WON (+5.6 units)|