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Capitals Will Manhandle Flyers

Washington Eyes East Title

Two points out of first place in the East Division standings with three games remaining, the Washington Capitals will be locked in on extending their dominance of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.

Washington (34-14-5) has won two straight and needs another big win in order to increase their hopes of catching and surpassing division-leading Pittsburgh. Philadelphia (23-23-7)  is in sixth place in the division and has nothing left to play for except pride.

Philadelphia at Washington NHL Pick
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Now, Washington looks like a value-packed home favorite to extend their dominance of Philadelphia. The NHL Odds for this East Division showdown are live in the BetUS Online Sportsbook right now.

Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals

When: Friday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

TV: NHLN, , SN1, TVAS, NBCSWA, NBCSP

NHL Odds

Philadelphia +155

Washington -175

Puck Line

Philadelphia +1½ (-140)

Washington -1½ (+120)

Total: 6½

Flyers are Free Fallin’

Philadelphia has gone 3-6-1 over its last 10 games and 1-4 over its last five games. The Flyers have the worst defense in the NHL and it was on full display in Tuesday’s embarrassing 7-3 home loss against Pittsburgh. Philly got goals from Justin Braun, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny  but allowed Sidney Crosby to find the back of the net twice in the loss.

“It was safe to figure that Sid — after having a tough game (on Monday) and him being the great player that he was, he would have a bounce-back game and he certainly did,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said.

Jakub Voracek has a team-high 43 points and team-high 34 assists. Claude Giroux has 41 points with 16 goals and 25 assists. Philadelphia averages 2.8 goals per game (15th) while allowing a league-high 3.6 goals per contest (31st). The Flyers have gone 12-11-3 on the road this season.

Ovechkin, Caps Up to High-Scoring Ways

Washington has won two straight and five of seven, including a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday as fists flew as soon as the puck dropped. T.J. Oshie had a hat trick and Vitek Vanecek made 19 saves in the fight-filled affair. Oshie, whose father died this week, completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal.

“We are trying to be there for him and take care of him and he ends up taking care of us,” teammate Nic Dowd said of Oshie who was surrounded in a giant group hug from teammates at the Capitals bench.

Washington is lighting the lamp with consistency. The Caps have scored 10 goals over its last two games. Nicklas Backstrom has scored a team-high 53 points, including a team-high 38 assists. John Carlson has 44 points and 34 assists. Future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin and Oshie each have 42 points, with Ovechkin scoring a team-high 24 goals. The Caps average 3.4 goals (third) and allow 2.9 goals per contest defensively (18th). Washington has gone 15-7-3 at home.

Washington Cruises to Puck Line Win

Philadelphia has been an inconsistent mess, mostly because it plays little to no defense. The Flyers have allowed at least five goals in three of their last four losses, giving Washington value to win by one goal as a +260 props odds pick and +120 Puck Line value.

Washington put 10 combined goals on the board in consecutive games against the Rangers on Monday and Wednesday, and has scored an identical six goals three times over the last nine games.

More importantly, the Caps have dominated their longtime rivals by winning five straight after dropping the first regular-season meeting against Philadelphia. Washington has scored at least five goals in each of the last four meetings and should again have their way against a Philly defense that ranks dead last in goals allowed.

The Flyers are 2-5 in their last seven road games, 7-18 in their last 25 games as an underdog and 5-13 in their last 18 games against a team with a winning record. On the flip side, the Capitals are 21-5 in their last 26 games as a favorite, 25-10 in their last 35 games overall and 17-7 in their last 24 games following a win.

With the favorite in this rivalry going 16-6 in the last 22 meetings and these two teams heading in polar opposite directions, the handwriting is on the wall for an emphatic Caps Puck Line win.

Pick: Washington -1½ goals

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