Washington Capitals will take on Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL 2021-22 preseason on Friday evening. The home side heads to this game after celebrating its first preseason victory, and they want to continue in the same fashion. The visitors lost in their latest clash, and they want to get back on the winning track.
Washington Capitals haven’t enjoyed their preseason so far, as they are currently at a 1-3-1 record. However, they come from an overtime win against Boston Bruins, and they want to pick up where they left off. On the other hand, Philadelphia Flyers lost against New York Islanders, and it was their first defeat after winning twice in a row. They are at a 2-2-1 record, and they want to end the preseason in a positive way.
Washington Capitals – Cann they make it to the playoffs again?
The Capitals ended the previous regular season in second place in the Eastern Division with a 36-15-5 record. The hosts have been very good offensively, although they might have done much better in defense. However, the Bruins stopped them already on the first step in the playoffs, and Washington booked just one victory in that tie. They aim for another playoffs spot this time and potentially a better campaign in the playoffs.
Washington managed to break their four-game losing streak with an overtime victory over Boston. Goalie Vitek Vanecek had an excellent match with 33 saves in the Capitals winning effort, while Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and T.J. Oshie scored in the regular time, while Anthony Mantha netted a winner in overtime. During this preseason, the Capitals have been scoring 2.40 goals per match, while they have been conceding 3.60 goals per game on average.
Expected Line-Up: Ilya Samsonov, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov
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Philadelphia Flyers – Will they improve defensively?
The Flyers look forward to building up on their latest campaign, which wasn’t too successful. It ended already in the regular season, as they finished sixth in the Eastern Division. Their leaky defense cost them a 25-23-8 record, and they didn’t have much chance to squeeze into the top four in the division. The Flyers need to do much better in defense this time to challenge for one of the playoff spots in the current season.
Philadelphia lost their latest game against the Islanders and failed to score. Martin Jones had a disappointing .824 save percentage between the sticks, as he made 14 saves on 17 attempts. The Flyers still haven’t managed to improve their penalty-kill unit, as they allowed six power-play goals. They were 30th in the NHL on that parameter last season, and the visitors need to do much better this time. Philadelphia hasn’t been so efficient in this preseason as they have been scoring 1.8 goals on average, opposed to 2.40 goals conceded per match.
Expected Line-Up: Carter Hart, Ivan Provorov, Ryan Ellis, Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Travis Konecny
Expert Pick #1 – Washington Capitals to win ML @+114
Washington is slowly warming up for the start of the season, and they want to enter the regular season full of confidence. They face the Plyers at the home ice and the Capitals eye another preseason victory. I think they’ll deliver it, and I’ll take them as my first pick
Expert Pick #2 – Over 6 @+102
Although the Flyers have been struggling in offense, scoring less than two goals per match on average, I believe this game gold go Over. The Over cashed eleven times in Washington’s 15 matches against a team from the Metropolitan Division, and since they conceded more than 3.5 goals per game, we could see an efficient clash. Therefore, I’ll take the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Capitals & Over 6 @+225
Combining the two above bets, we can get pretty generous odds. The Capitals to win in the match with over six goals could bring us nice returns, and if you want to take a long shot, this might be a pick for you.