Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, 4/17/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-137) Flyers (+117)
Wells Fargo Center is the site where Carter Hart and the Philadelphia Flyers (20-17-6) will take on the Washington Capitals (28-12-4) on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has the Capitals coming in at -137 and the Flyers are at +117. The O/U opens at 6.5.
The Capitals were on the losing side of the ice with a 5-2 loss against the Sabres in their previous game. The Capitals had a below average offensive outing in the defeat. For the matchup, they finished 2 of the 29 shots they tried. Moreover, they had 3 attempts on the power play but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. Washington amassed 8 mins in the box in this contest. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 53 and the Corsi against was 46 which had their Corsi percentage coming in at 53.5%. Their Fenwick came in at 42 and the Fenwick against finished at 37, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 53.2%. They garnered 24 face-off victories when at even strength and lost on 14 opportunities to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 63.4% and they had a PDO of 94.2 for this matchup.
The Capitals have had 1,300 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .900. At even strength, the Capitals have conceded 108 goals while getting 121 as an offensive unit. Washington Capitals opponents have tallied 132 power play opportunities (13th in the NHL) and have scored 22 goals in those attempts. For the current campaign, they have racked up 60 points and their points % is .682. Washington has attempted 1,244 shots and holds a shot percentage of 12.2%. Regarding their scoring, the Washington Capitals have notched 152 goals (2nd in the National Hockey League) over the course of the season and have conceded 130. Washington is sitting with 116 power play chances and they have scored 31 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 26.72%.
The player in the crease for this game is Vitek Vanecek. The opposition has scored 76 goals versus Vanecek in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.69. Vanecek has been involved in 30 games over the course of his NHL career. His save percentage sits at .911 for his 1,697 minutes on the ice. He has accumulated a mark of 17-8-3 and he has started in 29 games. In his professional hockey career, Vanecek has 16 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .552. Vanecek has seen 851 shot attempts against him and has garnered 775 total saves.
In their last game, Philadelphia faced off against the Penguins in a game where the Flyers earned a victory by a tally of 2-1. They had 3 power play attempts in this contest but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. The Flyers tallied 2 goals out of the 27 shots on goal they pursued. Their PDO at even strength was 101 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 34.0%. Philadelphia wound up with a 43.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Philadelphia had and it tells us that they didn't have their best game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 47.2% with a Fenwick of 34 and the Penguins ending the game with a 38 Fenwick at even strength.
So far this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have earned 123 goals, 46 points, in addition to a points percentage of .535. They have allowed 151 goals to be scored by of a combination of 117 goals at even strength and 34 goals while they were shorthanded. The Flyers have scored 97 goals at even strength and 26 goals (17th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. They have recorded 135 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 19.26%. Philadelphia has attempted 1,285 shots (14th in the NHL) and has a shot percentage of 9.57%, while allowing the other team 1,246 shots. They have earned a penalty kill rate of 73.85% on their oppositions 130 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 87.9%.
For the opposition you are expected to see Carter Hart in net. His opponents are averaging 2.88 goals per game and he has surrendered 265 goals overall. Hart's quality start rate comes out to 50.5% and he has accumulated 48 quality starts in his pro career. He has been a starter 95 contests and has been on the ice for 5,529 minutes. Hart has a career record of 49-37-9 and has been in net for 101 contests. He has gathered 2,532 stops out of 2,797 shots attempted against him, giving him a save % of .905.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Philadelphia (+117)
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