Capitals vs Flyers Prediction - NHL Picks 12/14/23

Philadelphia Flyers (15-10-3) vs Washington Capitals (14-8-3)

Game Info: Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)

Betting Odds: Philadelphia Flyers -132 / Washington Capitals +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals will play the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Washington has won two games in a row, while Philadelphia has won four of their last five. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Capitals vs Flyers prediction. 

Capitals Preview

The Washington Capitals are 14-8-3 this season after they defeated Chicago by a score of 4-2 in their last game. Washington trailed 1-0 in the second period, but they scored the next four goals to pull away for the win. The Capitals were out shot by a total of 34-27 and went 6-6 on the penalty kill in the game. Washington defeated the Rangers by a score of 4-0 in the game before Chicago, but they did lose the three games prior to that. Washington is scoring 2.48 goals per game and they are allowing 2.84 goals against per game, while going 8.2% on the power play and 79.7% on the penalty kill. Alex Ovechkin has led the Capitals with five goals, 11 assists, and 90 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Washington is Darcy Kuemper, who is 6-6-2 this season with a 3.13 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. 

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Flyers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers are 15-10-3 this year after they lost to Nashville in overtime by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Philadelphia trailed 2-0 in the second period, but they were able to force overtime, before losing in the extra period. Philadelphia out shot Nashville by a total of 39-22 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. The Flyers had won their previous four games against Colorado, Arizona, and Pittsburgh (twice). Philadelphia is scoring 2.96 goals per game and they are allowing 2.71 goals against per game, while going 11.5% on the power play and 86.7% on the penalty kill. Travis Konecny has led the Flyers with 16 goals, eight assists, and 86 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Philadelphia is Carter Hart, who is 9-6-1 this season with a 2.42 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. 

Philadelphia Flyers Team Facts

  • The Flyers have lost five of their last seven games as favorites against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Flyers have covered the puck line in each of their last six games.
  • The Flyers have lost the first period in each of their last four home games.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Flyers' last six games at Wells Fargo Center against opponents on a winning streak.

Washington Capitals Team Facts

  • The Capitals have won each of their last three games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Capitals have covered the puck line in five of their last six night games at Wells Fargo Center.
  • The Capitals have won the second period in each of their last four night games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 2.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in three of the Capitals' last four games as underdogs against opponents on a winning streak.

Philadelphia Flyers Player Prop Facts

  • Joel Farabee has scored a goal in four of the Flyers' last five games as favorites.
  • Sean Couturier has recorded at least one point in each of the Flyers' last six games.
  • Sean Couturier has recorded at least one assist in each of the Flyers' last four games as home favorites against the Capitals.
  • Bobby Brink has recorded two career blocks against the Capitals - equal-most against any opponent (including playoffs)

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Ovechkin has scored at least one goal in each of the Capitals' last four games as underdogs against the Flyers.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded at least one point in nine of his last 10 appearances with the Capitals as underdogs against the Flyers.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded an assist in each of his last four appearances with the Capitals as underdogs against the Flyers.
  • John Carlson ranks 1st in the Metropolitan Division for time on ice (25:36) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Philadelphia Flyers ranks 8th in the league for goals against per game this season (2.71).
  • The Philadelphia Flyers ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).
  • The Washington Capitals ranks 32nd in the league for power play goals this season (6).
  • The Washington Capitals ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (1).

Capitals vs Flyers Betting Prediction

Washington has been a little inconsistent so far this season, but they have won two games in a row and have out scored Chicago and the Rangers by a total of 8-2 in those two wins. Philadelphia had their winning streak snapped in overtime in their last game, but they have allowed three goals or fewer in five straight games. Both of these teams have been very solid on the defensive end of the ice, but I like Washington here. Philadelphia is only 6-6-1 at home, while Washington is 6-4-1 on the road. Take the Capitals to extend their winning streak here. 

David’s Pick Capitals ML

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