NHL Hockey Betting: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers

NHL Hockey Betting:  Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers

The biggest game of the night on a short three game card in the National Hockey League will see the Washington Capitals travel to Philadelphia to take on the red hot Flyers (6-2-2 L10). The Flyers have been making a furious push for the playoffs over the past month and at the moment are in the final Eastern Conference wildcard spot. They have no breathing room whatsoever as they’re tied with the Detroit Red Wings (87 points) but hold the tiebreaker. Detroit doesn’t play again until Friday night so the Flyers have a chance to move up the standings until they do.

By now everyone knows the Washington Capitals’ story–they’re the best team in the league and seemingly clinched the President’s Trophy back in January. That’s a bit of an overstatement though they have run away with the Eastern Conference and Metropolitan Division. They are 18 points ahead of their closest rival in the East and 12 points ahead of the best teams in the West. What’s been most impressive so far is the way they’ve kept competing down the stretch when they could just as easily start looking ahead to the playoffs. Washington is 6-3-1 in their last ten games and has shown no sign of slowing down.

It’ll be Braden Holtby in the net for Washington against Steve Mason. Holtby is a strong candidate for the Vezina Trophy this year with a record of 46-9-4, a 2.19 goals against average and a 0.923 save percentage. He’ll be opposed by Steve Mason who at the moment is the only healthy, experienced goalie on the Flyers’ roster. Michael Neuverth will mis the rest of the regular season (and likely the playoffs) with a torn meniscus. Rookie Anthony Stolarz is the backup and he has zero NHL experience. Philadelphia is bringing in Ray Emery on a tryout basis for reasons that aren’t immediately apparent.

The Flyers have been very good at home this season and tough to go against them with their current form. We’ll go with Philadelphia here though we are going to keep an eye on the goaltending situation. If Mason starts to show signs of fatigue the Flyers don’t have a good ‘plan b’ at this point.