Flyers vs Capitals Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/8/2020
Game: Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
Odds/Point Spread: Flyers (+166) Capitals (-185)
Brian Elliott and the Philadelphia Flyers (29-18-7, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) travel to Capital One Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Washington Capitals (36-13-5, 1st in the Metropolitan Division). The odds on this matchup have the Flyers coming in at +166 and the Capitals are at -185. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Flyers are covering 49.0% of the time, having gone 24-25 SU. The Capitals are covering 64.7% of the time, going 33-18 straight up.
The Philadelphia Flyers come into the game with a record of 29 victories and 18 losses, which puts them at 6th in the Metropolitan Division. Thus far in the season, they have scored a total of 165 goals which ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference and 16th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +8, which puts them at 13th in the NHL. The Flyers currently have a total of 65 points, which ranks 9th in the NHL and 7th in the conference. With regard to shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,715 which ranks 8th in the East and 14th in the NHL. As a unit, Philadelphia has racked up a total of 1,075 hits which has them averaging 19.9 per contest. They currently have a total of 540 blocks for the year. In net for Philadelphia is Brian Elliott from Newmarket, Ontario. He is 34 years old and has been on the ice a total of 1,431 mins in goal for the campaign. Elliot is allowing an average of 2.89 GAA which has him ranking 20th among East goalies and 39th in the NHL among goalies. For the year, he's surrendered 69 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .900 which has him ranking 26th among East goalies.
The Philadelphia Flyers were on the losing side of the ice with a 5 - 0 defeat to the New Jersey Devils in their last contest. The Flyers didn't have a great showing offensively in this loss. For this outing, they earned a goal on 0 out of the 46 shots they looked to score on. Moreover, they had 4 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. Philadelphia ended up with 6 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Flyers sat at 60 and the Corsi against was 21 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 74.1%. Their Fenwick was 45 and the Fenwick against at even strength was 13, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 77.6%. They took 30 face-off wins at even strength and lost 11 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 74.1% and they had a PDO of 72.7 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the New Jersey Devils put up 19 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 8 penalty minutes and they tallied 3 power play opportunities.
The Capitals will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 36 victories and 13 losses. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the league with +36. They have compiled a total of 194 goals for the season which ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference. Washington has a team save percentage of .902 which is good for 19th in the league, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.2% which is good for 2nd in the Eastern Conference. In net for Washington is Ilya Samsonov who is having a marginal season by allowing 2.21 GAA and that places him 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 4th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,193 mins he has been on the ice this season, he has surrendered 44 goals. He holds a save % of .923, which has him placed 5th in the Eastern Conference and 10th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals faced the Los Angeles Kings in a game where the Capitals notched a win by a mark of 4 - 2. In this game, Washington earned a 40.7% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 37 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 54. Their Fenwick percentage was 41.9% by earning a Fenwick of 31 and the Kings earning a 43 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Washington played and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO was 110.0 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 36.0%. The Capitals scored 4 goals of the 24 shots on goal they attempted. They had 1 power play chance in this one but didn't score a goal. In discussing their opponent, the Kings had 2 power play attempts but didn't put the puck in goal. Washington conceded 31 shots on goal and the Kings ended up with 2 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington (-185)
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