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Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 02/08/2020 NHL Picks, Preview and Spread
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Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 02/08/2020 – Another historic milestone awaits Alex Ovechkin as he could become the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club when the Washington Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Ovechkin poured in 14 goals in his last seven games to put him to just two goals removed from the target. He has 40 goals in total for the season to lead Washington and comes in second to John Carlson in total points with 57. The Capitals stay at the top of the Metropolitan Division holding a three-win and six-point edge over the Penguins. The Flyers, who are sixth in the same division, remain on target to capture at least a wild card spot with the Carolina Hurricanes, the second-placed team in the conference’s wild-card ladder, only leading them by two wins. Checking on the updated NHL Betting Lines, it appeared that the bookmakers are ultimately siding with the Capitals’ firepower to win this match.
Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 02/08/2020
When: Saturday, February 9, 07:00 PM ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C
TV: NBCS Philadelphia
Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 02/08/2020 Betting Odds:
The Washington Capitals were dethroned by the Bruins as the best team in the league after the latter passed the erstwhile leaders in total points, 78-77. They still lead the NHL in total wins with 36. Ovechkin’s work ethic is off the charts. After recording the first natural hat-trick of his career in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Kings, the Washington superstar immediately buckled down to work and trained for three straight days heading to this match against Philly.
Players to watch: John Carlson (GP 54, G 14, A 51, PTS 65), Alex Ovechkin (GP 53, G 40, A 17, PTS 57), Evgeny Kuznetsov (GP 51, G 18, A 27, PTS 45).
The NHL spotlight is focused on Ovechkin leading to Saturday’s game, but Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier could not care less as he sets his ultimate focus on helping the Flyers pull the rug from under the Capitals. Couturier leads Philly in total points with 46 behind 13 goals and 33 assists. It could be said that the 27-year-old badly wants to take down the Capitals judging from the way he speaks of their adversaries. The Flyers could do just so as they slipped past the Capitals in their last meeting on Jan. 8, 3-2.
Players to watch: Travis Konecny (GP 51, G 17, A 27, PTS 44), Sean Couturier (GP 54, G 13, A 33, PTS 46), Jakub Voracek (GP 54, G 11, A 29, PTS 40).
Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions
Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
Flyers are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Capitals vs Flyers Betting Picks
The Capitals already learned their lesson when they last faced the Flyers, which is not to take the boys from Philadelphia lightly. So expect Washington to race out of the gates right at the onset of Saturday’s game and not let go of the driver’s set to roll past the visitors this time. This will be a scoring clinic for the hosts ending with a masterful victory.
Score Prediction: Capitals 5, Flyers 2.