Flyers vs. Capitals Prediction
Game 1 of the Conference Quarterfinals between the Flyers and Capitals takes place tonight at 7:00PM ET. Will Washington cruise to victory?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Capitals are -235 money line favorites versus the Flyers, who are +197 underdogs to pull off the upset. Washington is also -1.5 on the puckline (+130) and the total is sitting at 5 goals.
Braden Holtby will take his place between the pipes tonight for the Capitals after tying Martin Brodeur for most wins in a single season with his 48th victory last Saturday. He turned away 19 of 20 shots in the win and finished 48-9-7 with a 2.20 GAA and .917 save percentage through 66 games in the regular season.
Philadelphia will counter in goal with Steve Mason, who was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s season finale against the Islanders. He finished the season with a 23-19-10 record and a 2.51 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Most importantly, Mason led the Flyers to a playoff spot, even though it could be a short-lived appearance for Philly.
OUR PICK: The home team has won 12 of the last 17 meetings between these two teams while the Flyers have dropped five of their last six games after scoring five goals or more in their previous game. The Caps, meanwhile, are 38-13 in their last 51 games after scoring two goals or less in their previous game and are 36-15 in their last 51 home games.
THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: WASHINGTON CAPITALS -1.5 (+130)