NHL Hockey Betting: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals

NHL Hockey Betting:  Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals

Can the Philadelphia Flyers get back into this series? Doubtful but do they have any chance at all? Probably. They finally played with some intensity in Game Four to stave off elimination. The fanbase that pelted them with rocks and garbage in Game Three is back in their corner and the Philadelphia media is talking about the Capitals’ history of playoff meltdowns. And one record is still intact–the Flyers have *never* swept a Stanley Cup playoff series.

It appears that Michal Neuvirth has reclaimed the starting goaltender job from Steve Mason. Mason wasn’t bad but his one lousy game–and his now infamous ‘soft goal’ from 100 feet away–sealed his fate. The Flyers needed some ‘new blood’ and Neuvirth played admirably in Game Four. The price sure looks high on the Capitals but their situational stats are nasty. Revenging a loss against an opponent they’re 16-8 +6.2 units YTD. After scoring one goal or fewer in their previous game they’re 10-2 +6.7 units. And they’ve mopped up the rink against teams with losing records this season. That’s where a lot of good teams fall short–they can get up for the ‘big’ games against good opponents but lose focus against the bottom feeders. Not Washington–the Caps are 31-11 +12.7 units against losing teams this year including a 15-6 record since the midway point of the season. They’re 23-11 against divisional rivals, 20-7 +9.4 unit in home games where the total is 5 or less. Interestingly, the Flyers have also excelled in that situation–they’re 17-13 +9.4 units. They’ve also done well against opponents with winning records this year at 26-19 +12.9 units.

The Capitals need to end this and end it now. The longer the series goes the more confidence the Flyers get. The Flyers know they can hang with Washington–they were 2-2 against the Caps this season winning once at home and once on the road. They actually hold a slight advantage over the Caps in head to head play winning 9 of the last 17 meetings though Washington is 5-3 against Philly over the last three seasons. The Caps don’t want to have to win Game Six to prevent a decisive 7th game at home. They need to win tonight and they should.