Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Predictions, NHL Picks, Betting Tips 8/6/2020
Game: Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-167) Flyers (+135)
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (41-20-8, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) head to Scotiabank Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7, 2nd in the Metropolitan Division). The Flyers open this game at +135 while the Capitals are priced at -167. The over/under is set at 6.5. The Capitals are covering 56.9% of the time, having gone 37-28 SU. Philadelphia covers 56.3% of the time, going 36-28 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 41 victories and 20 defeats, which puts them at 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 236 goals which puts them at 3rd in the East and 3rd in the league. Their goal differential is +24, which puts them at 7th in the league. The Capitals currently have a total of 90 points, which puts them at 5th in the league and 3rd in the East. When looking at shots on goal, they currently have a total of 2,206 which puts them at 7th in the conference and 15th in the league. As a group, Washington has a total of 1,606 hits which means they have an average of 23.3 per game. They currently have a total of 754 blocks for the season. The goalie for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,743 minutes minding the net for the season. Holtby is giving up 3.11 goals per contest which ranks him 25th in the East and 53rd in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he's given up 142 goals. His save percentage is .897 which ranks him 30th in the East.
The Capitals were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 loss to the Lightning in their last game. The Capitals had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this defeat. While out there on the ice, they netted 2 out of the 33 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to net 1 goal out of those chances. Washington ended up with 11 penalty minutes in this game. The Corsi for the Capitals was 11 and the Corsi against was 5 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 68.8%. Their Fenwick was 8 and the Fenwick against sat at 5, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 61.5%. They took 8 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 3 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 57.1% and they had a PDO of 116.7 for this game. Concerning opponent stats, the Tampa Bay Lightning earned 28 shots. They finished with a total of 19 penalty minutes and they tallied 1 power play chance.
The Flyers will be on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 41 wins and 21 defeats. In the matter of goal differential, they are ranked 3rd in the conference and 4th in the NHL with +36. They currently have a total of 227 goals for the year which is good for 7th in the East. Philadelphia has a team save % of .903 which currently has them sitting 16th in the NHL, meaning there should be some chances to score. They are shooting 10.5% which puts them at 4th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Philadelphia is Carter Hart who is having a marginal campaign by giving up 2.42 goals against average and that places him 5th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 9th in the NHL. In the 2,356 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's surrendered 95 goals. He has a save percentage of .914, which has him ranked 10th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 24th in the NHL.
The Flyers squared up with the Bruins in an outing where the Flyers took home the victory by a tally of 4 - 1. In this game, Philadelphia wound up with a 41.7% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 43 while they gave up a Corsi of 60. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 40.7% with a Fenwick of 33 and the Bruins earning a 48 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Philadelphia had and they put on a good performance in this one. Their PDO at even strength was 111.1 and their oZS percentage was 38.9%. The Flyers scored 4 goals out of the 29 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 2 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. In discussing the opposition, the Bruins had 3 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Philadelphia gave way to 35 shots on goal and the Bruins had a total of 18 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+135)
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