Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals - 1/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals - 1/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (30-9-5) at Philadelphia Flyers (22-15-6)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

The Line: Philadelphia Flyers +113 / Washington Capitals -125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Washington Capitals look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals, John Carlson has 39 assists and T.J. Oshie has 83 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 34 goals on 417 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 86 goals on 875 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Philadelphia Flyers need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Claude Giroux leads Philadelphia with 13 goals, Jakub Voracek has 25 assists and Travis Konecny has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Brian Elliott has given up 52 goals on 514 shots faced and Carter Hart has allowed 66 goals on 694 shots. The Philadelphia Flyers have allowed a combined 21 goals in their last four games.

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The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 15-5 in their last 20 road games and 26-10 in their last 36 overall. The Flyers are 9-0 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall. The over is 6-1-1 in Flyers last 8 overall. The Capitals are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 21-7 in the last 28 meetings. The over is 26-10-2 in the last 38 meetings in Philadelphia and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

While I usually favor the home team with both clubs on the end of back to backs, it's hard to make a case for the Philadelphia Flyers with them getting peppered defensively the way they have been during this losing streak. The Washington Capitals remain in their yearly run where they pile up the points by the truckload, and winning for them on the end of a back to back or on the road has never been an issue. Getting the Caps and this cheap price feels almost too easy. 

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -125

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