Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers - 4/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers - 4/17/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers (20-17-6) vs Washington Capitals (28-12-4)

Game Info: Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Flyers +120 / Washington Capitals -134 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 27.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 22 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 30 assists and John Carlson has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 40 goals on 398 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 72 goals on 830 shots.

The Philadelphia Flyers need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Philadelphia Flyers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Joel Farabee leads Philadelphia with 15 goals, Jakub Voracek has 25 assists and James van Riemsdyk has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Philadelphia Flyers are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 74.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Carter Hart has allowed 20 goals on 192 shots faced and Brian Elliott has allowed 51 goals on 479 shots.

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The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Flyers are 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 2-6 in their last 8 overall. The over is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 overall. The over is 17-8 in Flyers last 25 overall. The Capitals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Philadelphia and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The favorite is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Washington Capitals have been money in the favorite role all season long and they've won four of the five meetings this season against the Flyers, which includes four straight wins and a 6-1 victory a few days ago. The Philadelphia Flyers just can't string wins together, they've provided no value in the underdog role and playing at home hasn't helped much. You can argue the Capitals should be a bigger favorite in this spot. Give me the Capitals and the reasonable price. 

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -134

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