NHL Picks: Capitols vs. Flyers

David Lawrence

Sunday, March 31, 2013 3:04 PM GMT

The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers both played on Saturday night and will now face each other on Sunday in a back-to-back situation.

NHL Betting: Capitals vs. Flyers Picks

Both have been pathetic this season but both are within striking distance of a playoff spot. The Flyers are just four points behind the eight-seeded New York Rangers while the Caps are two points out. let's look at how to play against the NHL odds in this game.

Record: 101-106 (+195)

The Washington Capitals can win because…

They have played well recently. The Caps have won four of five and are making a late-season push for the playoffs. As for the Flyers, their surprise win on Saturday was their first in five tries. They actually dropped seven of their last 11 games. While the Flyers are just four points out of a playoff spot, that’s not exactly a good indication of how they’ve played this season. They are three points away from being the worst team in the league, so their standing speaks more to the parity in the NHL than it does their quality.

The Caps are expected to face Ilya Bryzgalov on Sunday, who has a paltry save percentage of .899. He’s allowed 33 goals in his last 11 games, so the Caps shouldn’t face too big of a challenge to score.

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The Philadelphia Flyers can win because…

They are playing at home. There aren’t many good things to say about the Flyers this season but at least they are 10-7 at home – that’s decent. The Caps are just 9-9 on the road, so Philadelphia should have a bit of a home-ice advantage.

The Caps are expected to have backup Michal Neuvirth in net on Sunday and he’s a step down from Braden Holtby. Neuvirth has a GAA of 2.99 and a save percentage of .899. He’s also won just two of his eight starts this season.

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Outlook & Pick

This a tricky game to handicap. There’s no way I’m laying -135 on Philadelphia for my NHL picks, but taking Washington on the road in a back-to-back isn’t exactly a recipe for handicapping success either. Instead, I’ll look for the over given that Neuvirth is expected to be in net and that Bryzgalov has been particularly welcoming to scorers.

NHL Pick: Over 5.5 at Bovada