Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers - 2/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers (15-26-10) vs Washington Capitals (28-16-9)

Game Info: Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Flyers +145 / Washington Capitals -175 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia Flyers host the Washington Capitals in Saturday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-16-9. Through 53 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 172 times, good for a rank of 10th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.77 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 28th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th ranked team in the NHL.

The Philadelphia Flyers get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 15-26-10. This mark places them 8th in the Metropolitan division. Through 51 games, the Flyers have scored 129 goals, giving them an average of 2.53. This output gives them a rank of 28th among NHL teams. On defense, Philadelphia is the 25th ranked unit, giving up 3.45 goals per contest. So far, the Flyers have played the 5th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Philadelphia's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 28th in the NHL.

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Through 51 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 63 points. He has reached his mark of 32 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.9%. So far, 25.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 34 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.88 goals per game. In his 30 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.0 percent of the time.

Through 51 games, Philadelphia's leading goal scorer is Cam Atkinson. With his 17 goals and 20 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 37. On the season, he is turning 11.0% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Flyers have benefited from the strong play of Claude Giroux, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Philadelphia's 51 games, he has come up with 16 goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. However, when on the ice, the Flyers are -11 in scoring differential. Philadelphia's top goalie is Carter Hart, who is giving up an average of 2.96 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 52% percent of the time.

In Philadelphia's 51 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 25-25. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they losing home games by an average of -1.28 goals. The Philadelphia Flyers come into this game having lost each of their last five games. During this stretch, Philadelphia has scored 13 goals, accounting for 37.0% of the scoring in these contests. On the other side, Washington has been playing well on offense, surpassing their season scoring average three times over their past five games. Look for the Capitals to pick up the win and cover the puck line.

 

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Joe’s Pick Capitals -175

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