NHL Picks: Capitals vs. Flyers -135

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 6:45 PM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 6:45 PM GMT

The Flyers host the Capitals on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the opening faceoff slated for 8:05 PM ET. The game will be televised nationally in the United States by the NBC Sports Network.

Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

According to NHL betting odds the Flyers are a -135 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. These teams have seen their last 5 meetings all go over the total. The home team has won 6 of the last 8-games between these clubs. The Flyers are currently 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, and 6th overall in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 5th in the Metropolitan Division, and tied for 9th overall in the Eastern Conference.

Getting Hot Again

The Flyers enter tonight having won their last 2, and 6 of their last 7-games. Tonight’s contest versus the Capitals will be a rematch of their previous game in which they came away with a 5-4 overtime win at the Verizon Center in Washington on Sunday.  The Flyers are in a logjam of teams in the Eastern Conference that are looking to qualify for the playoffs. Although they’re 6th overall with 70-points, there are 6-teams that are each just 5-points or less behind them in the standings. The good news for Philadelphia is that they will play 12 of their remaining 20 regular season games at home. They’ve won 4 of their last 5-games on home ice. The Flyers have also gone 10-2 in their last 12 at home versus an opponent with a losing money line record.

It’s Crunch Time

The Capitals had their 4-game winning streak snapped in their previous game, suffering a 5-4 overtime loss at the hands of tonight’s opponent. Despite the loss Washington has earned at least 1-point in the last 5, and 9 of their last 11-games. If the season were to end today the Capitals would be on the outside looking in, and would fail to make the playoffs by coming up 1-point short. However, the regular season still has 20-games remaining, and their postseason chances are very much alive. The Capitals have seen 4 of their last 5, and 8 of their last 10-games go over the total. The majority of those high scoring affairs can be attributed to the Capitals averaging 3.6 goals per contest during that recent 10-game span.

NHL Betting System

Let's consider some trends before making our NHL picks. Any team (Philadelphia) that scored 4 or more goals in their previous game in a win versus a division opponent, and they’re facing an opponent which is coming off a home 1-goal loss, has gone 25-9 (73.5%) against the money line over the last 18 seasons.

Free Pick: Philadelphia -135 over Washington

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