Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Matchup Preview

The Wells Fargo Center plays host to a Metro Division clash as the Philadelphia Flyers welcome the visiting Washington Capitals. It’s the fourth and last time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The puck drops at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 18, and fans at home will be able to watch it live on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds

Washington is 41-30 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. 40 of its contests have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under and just one has pushed. As the road team this season, the Caps are 16-19 SU.

Washington has converted on 22.9 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st in the league, and it has successfully killed off 79.4 percent of its penalties.

The Caps, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.1 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 2.8 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .906 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Braden Holtby (30-19-4) has been the best option in goal for Washington this season. If head coach Barry Trotz decides to rest him, however, the team could go with Philipp Grubauer (11-18-3 record, .925 save percentage, 2.26 goals against average).

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Capitals. Ovechkin has 76 points on 42 goals and 34 assists, and has recorded multiple points 20 times. Kuznetsov has 21 goals and 50 assists to his nameand has logged at least one point in 42 games.

Philadelphia is 36-36 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.5 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 72 regular season matches, 36 of its games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 17-19 SU at home this season.

The Flyers have converted on just 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.4 percent of all penalties.

Flyers players have been penalized only 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their past five contests. The team has had to kill penalties just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Brian Elliott (26.3 saves per game) has been the primary selection in goal for the Flyers. Elliott has 22 wins, 19 losses, and seven OT losses to his name and has maintained a poor .908 save percentage and 2.72 goals against average this year.

Claude Giroux (26 goals, 57 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the home team.

Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Flyers, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of Philadelphia’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-6 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The under has hit in three of Philadelphia’s last five games.
  • Over Washington’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-3 in those games).