Unlikely Game 6 in “The City of Brotherly Love”
The Capitals and Flyers will square off on Sunday for a 12:05 PM ET start at the Well Fargo Center in Philadelphia. This will be Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series which Washington leads 3-2. Philadelphia has exhibited a plethora of resiliency after losing the first three games of the series, and then rebounding to win the next two. Philadelphia fans are beginning to have déjà vu from 2011 when the Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit against Boston and won the series. Current (4/23) NHL odds at BetUS.com has Washington as a -145 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0.
Needing to Recapture Momentum
After winning Game 3 in Philadelphia by a convincing 6-1 score, a Game 6 in this series seemed extremely improbable After all, Washington not only won the first three games, they outscored Philadelphia by a decisive margin of 12-2. The Capitals have endured a three game losing streak just once this season. That rare occurrence happened during the final stretch of regular season action, after Washington had already clinched the President’s Trophy and #1 overall seed. Washington’s Braden Holtby has been magnificent in goal during this series. Holtby has an excellent .961 save percentage in five starts. With the offensive firepower that Washington possesses, and the goaltending they’ve been getting, Philadelphia seems to be on borrowed time at this juncture.
Enter Neuvirth to Save the Day
After watching Steve Mason flounder in Games 2 and 3 of this series, the Flyers coaching staff looks genius by inserting Micheal Neuvirth between the pipes for Game 4. Neuvirth has certainly rewarded them for his opportunity. He’s allowed just 1 goal in two starts, and singlehandedly won Game 5 for the Flyers. During that outing, Washington held a massive 44-10 shots on goal advantage, but was blanked 2-0. In the nutshell, Neuvirth has stopped 75 of 76 Washington shots on goal during the last two games, and that equates to an astounding .986 save percentage.
NHL Super System
Any road team playing in the second half of the season, coming off a home shutout loss, and has a winning percentage of greater than .500, versus an opponent with a less than .500 winning percentage, resulted in those road teams going 33-9 (78.6%) since 1996. This NHL betting angle is the final kicker for me in terms of making one of my Sunday NHL picks.
FreeNHL Pick: Washington -165
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