Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, 12/21/2021 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-155) Flyers (+130)
Wells Fargo Center is the venue where Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers (12-12-5) will take on the Washington Capitals (18-6-7) on Tuesday. The Flyers open this matchup at +130 while the Capitals are priced at -155. The O/U opens at 6.
The Washington Capitals will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 3-2 defeat against the Kings in their last contest. The Capitals left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the loss. In the matchup, they finished 2 of the 35 shots they tried. They also had 6 power play opportunities but didn't convert them into a score. Washington accrued 21 penalty minutes in this matchup.
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Regarding their goal scoring prowess, the Washington Capitals have earned 106 goals (3rd in the league) so far this year and have given up 80. For the current campaign, the have a total of 43 points and their points percentage is .694. Washington steps onto the ice with 90 power play chances and they have notched 14 goals out of those advantages, giving them a percentage of 15.56%. While at even strength, the Capitals let the opposition score 65 goals while having 92 as an offensive unit. Washington has taken 994 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 10.7%. The Capitals have had 889 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .910. Washington Capitals opponents have tallied 79 power play tries (25th in the league) and have scored 15 goals in those chances.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Ilya Samsonov. Opponents have racked up 149 goals versus Samsonov in his NHL career and his goals against average is 2.62. Samsonov has taken the ice for 61 games over the course of his NHL career. He has a save percentage of .909 for his 3,413 mins on the ice. He has accumulated an overall mark of 40-12-5 and was named the starter in 54 games. Throughout his time in hockey, Samsonov has accounted for 25 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .463. Samsonov has seen 1,630 shots against him and has recorded 1,481 saves.
When they were on the ice last, Philadelphia faced the Senators in an outing where the Flyers ended up with the win by a tally of 4-3. They had 2 power play opportunities in this outing but weren't able to notch a goal. The Flyers tallied 4 goals of the 38 shots on goal they were seeking.
The Flyers have tallied 64 goals at even strength and 13 goals (27th in hockey) while having a power play advantage. Philadelphia has taken 914 shots (17th in pro hockey) and has a shot percentage of 8.42%, while allowing their opponents 1,003 shots. So far this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have earned 77 goals, 29 points, and a points percentage of .500. They have recorded 82 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 15.85%. They have accumulated a penalty kill rate of 81.52% on their oppositions 92 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.8%. They have permitted 92 goals to be scored by of a combination of 75 goals at even strength and 17 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the rink you will find Carter Hart protecting the goal. Opponents are averaging 2.85 goals per game and he has yielded 316 goals altogether. Hart's quality start rate comes in at 51.8% and he has made 59 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He got the starting nod in 114 games and has accumulated 6,644 minutes. Hart has earned a career record of 56-45-13 and has been in net for 120 games. He has accrued 3,100 saves out of 3,416 shots taken, giving him a save percentage of .907.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington (-155)
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