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Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 04/17/2021 NHL Predictions, Picks & Game Analysis
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Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 04/17/2021 – The Philadelphia Flyers are still clinging to their hopes of making it to the playoffs as they look forward to beating the Washington Capitals inside their home ice on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers fanned their postseason chances after they prevailed in a shootout over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday. Two days prior to it, however, Philly got thrashed by the Capitals via a 6-1 finish in Washington. Playing as hosts this time, the Flyers will look to shake off the lopsided loss and defy the +120 price as underdogs at home offered by top betting sites. The Capitals, meanwhile, are pegged at -134. The intense battle on ice between these East Division rivals will be broadcasted live on NBCSP and NBCSWA with streaming available on NHL.TV.
Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 04/17/2021
When: Saturday, April 17, 12:30 PM ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: NBCSP | NBCSWA
Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers 04/17/2021 Betting Odds:
What was initially thought to be a cakewalk at home turned to be a horrific disappointment after the Washington Capitals got rolled past by last-placed the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2, on Thursday. Perhaps they were caught on an off night after winning their previous three. But that should not be a valid excuse for a high-caliber team like Washington, especially not in the midst of their rally to capture the lone top spot in the East. Capitals coach Peter Laviolette lamented that it was his team’s inability to manage its turnovers that led to the recent setback – a loss that also spoiled Nicklas Backstrom’s 1,000th career game milestone. The game against the Flyers on Saturday will be their chance to correct their previous lapses as they continue to aim for a strong finish of the regular season.
Players to watch: N. Backstrom C (G 14 A 31 PTS 45), A. Ovechkin LW (G 22 A 17 PTS 39), J. Carlson D (G 10 A 28 PTS 38).
The shootout win against the Penguins last game could not be more crucial for the Flyers as it pumped more life to their dwindling bid to make the playoffs. With just 13 games remaining, Philly sits at the sixth spot of the standings with 46 points, six behind fourth-placed Boston Bruins. Entering the postseason joust is reachable on paper, but in order to make it happen, the Flyers must double their effort and not simply rely on close wins. They should expect a tough challenge against the Capitals on Saturday afternoon, thus, the margin of error for Philly must be close to none.
Players to watch: J. van Riemsdyk LW (G 13 A 21 PTS 34), J. Voracek RW (G 8 A 25 PTS 33), C. Giroux C (G 11 A 20 PTS 31).
Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers Betting Predictions
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Philadelphia’s last 20 games.
Capitals vs Flyers Betting Picks
Just like how their previous meeting transpired, the Capitals will trounce the Flyers, only this time, the punishing will happen in the latter’s home arena. The Capitals will be in serious business on Saturday’s game motivated to bounce back following an upset loss to the Sabres. This time, they will make sure that the match-winner forecast based on the NHL Betting Odds is on point. The Capitals will pull off a convincing win as the Flyers absorb an embarrassing loss at home.
Score Prediction: Capitals 5, Flyers 1.