NHL Pick for Capitals +100 vs. Flyers

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:24 PM GMT

The Flyers host the Capitals on Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Let's check the NHL betting odds and find out who is most likely to come out on top!

According to NHL betting odds the Flyers are a -120 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The home team has won 5 of the last 6 meetings between these two teams. These clubs have seen just 7 of their last 27 meetings played in Philadelphia stay under the total. The Capitals have won both games played between the teams this season, winning 7-0 at Philadelphia, and 5-4 in overtime at home just this past Sunday.

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Attempting to End the Funk

The Flyers enter tonight having lost 4 of their last 5-games. On a positive note 2 of those 4-losses came by way of an overtime shootout, so they were able to garner 2-points in defeat. They’ve also gone over the total in 5 of their last 6, with an average of 7.4 goals combined scored in those contests. Prior to tonight the Flyers have played 7 of their last 8-games on the road. They will play 3 of their next 4 at home, and then be off on a 6-game in 11-day road trip. Philadelphia is currently tied for 5th in the Atlantic Division, and tied for 10th overall in the Eastern Conference.

Capital Gains

The Washington Capitals enter tonight having won 4 of their last 5, and 6 of the last 8. Although they haven’t been able to gain any ground on the Metropolitan Division leading Pittsburgh Penguins, they have kept pace, and continue to gain on the rest of the Eastern Conference. At the time of this writing the Capitals are 8-points behind the Penguins with 1-game in hand, and tied for 5th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals have scored 4 or more goals in 4 of their last 5-games. Washington is 7th in the NHL averaging 2.9 goals per game, and 2nd on the power play converting on 24.4% of their chances.

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Final Analysis

The Capitals have played the better hockey of the two teams not only of late, but on a more consistent basis throughout the season. It’s hard to pass up the underdog price in this spot with all being considered. Take the Capitals over the Flyers for your free NHL pick.

NHL Pick: Capitals +100 over the Flyers