Free NHL Picks: Bet Capitals To Easily Win at Home vs. Flyers

Dana Lane

Sunday, February 7, 2016 2:47 PM GMT

The Washington Capitals, ranked number one in my power rankings, solidified their ranking with an impressive shootout win, 5-4, at New Jersey, Saturday. Let's review the NHL Odds now!

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NHL Pick: Capitals -200
Best Line Offered: at Bet365

 

Flyers vs. Capitals
Despite their recent success I need to see Philadelphia beat some good teams on the road. In their last 62 road games the Flyers are a horrible 19-43 and 13-28 against teams with a home win percentage of .600 or more. It's tough enough for them to win most road games let alone against the best team in the league who have won 42 of their last 59 home games. 

We all know how great Washington is on only one day's rest but they have a four out of five streak going with no days rest as well. I've always said, one of the keys to their success is their conditioning and it shows when they have back to back games. 

Capitals goaltender, Braden Holtby has shown some cracks in his game as of late. In his last six starts Holtby has a 3.09 goals against average but has won his last two, giving up just two goals in each. 

Outside the names we know, Andre Burakovsky has been red hot for Washington scoring now in five straight games. Paul Carey, just called up from the minors, scored his first NHL goal. Alexander Ovechkin has eight goals in his last 10 games. 

The normally reliable Capitals power play has been powerless as of late. Washington is in an 0-15 slump on the power play, their longest streak of the year, but there is too much talent for that to continue. Their penalty kill has also been non-existent killing only 11 of their last 16 attempts. 

The difference between these teams is depth. The Flyers don't have a true third line. A line that has had trouble maintaining puck possession and couldn't establish momentum. With three games in four days the Flyers must find consistency. I'm not sure playing a team that is 46-19 in their last 65 games against the Eastern Conference is a way to start that path. 

Neither team have announced their starting goaltender but I expect Steve Mason to start, with Mikal Neuvirth out with a lower body injury February 9th at the earliest for Philadelphia Washington may not play Holtby on back to back days as they may start look for opportunities to rest him as the season progresses. Mason stopped 27 of 32 shots in a November loss to the Caps. The NHL odds board show the Capitals as the favorite at -200. Take Washington for your NHL picks