NHL Betting Pick of the Week: Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals

Playoff races are heating up in the National Hockey League, and that is definitely the case in the Metropolitan Division. The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals are the top two teams in that division, and they are set to square off in our Nation's capital on Wednesday night. This game is also our NHL Betting Pick of the Week.

The Philadelphia Flyers have come out of nowhere to challenge the Capitals in the division race. Philadelphia has now won six straight games, and enter the week just one point behind the Washington Capitals. Washington has opened the door for the Philadelphia Flyers of late, recently losing four straight games. The Capitals will come into this game in first place, but they are now in a dogfight to stay there.

Flyers Will Need to Defend

If the Philadelphia Flyers are going to win this game then they are going to have to be solid in defending their own net. Philadelphia is allowing just 2.84 goals per game, and they have been even stingier than that during this recent winning streak. Goaltender Carter Hart has emerged as the top goalie for the Flyers, and he is stopping close to 91 percent of the shots he faces.

Philadelphia is also scoring close to 3.3 goals per game, and they are a very underrated offensive team. Center Travis Konecny leads the team with 22 goals and 58 total points this season. Jakub Voracek has also been a solid offensive player this season, leading the team with 38 assists. These two players will need to be great in this game.

Capitals Can Really Score

The Washington Capitals are scoring more than 3.4 goals per game this season, and they can be a tough team to stop when they are playing well. Alex Ovechkin has scored 43 goals this season, and continues to be one of the best offensive players in the league. Defenseman John Carlson leads the team with 57 assists to go along with 72 points. These are just two of the dynamic weapons on the Capitals.

Washington has been giving up goals like crazy of late, and they are allowing over 3 goals per game this season. The Capitals like to try and create scoring opportunities, and that puts their defense in a tough position. Goaltender Braden Holtby has been solid in bet, but he needs some help.

Washington Stays on Top With Win

The Philadelphia Flyers will have a ton of confidence heading into this game, but they are also taking on a great team. Even though Washington has slumped a bit of late, there is a reason that they are on top of the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia will try to slow this game down, but that's easier said than done against the Washington Capitals. Look for the Capitals to generate plenty of offense to come away with a huge win in this game. Bet the Washington Capitals over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night in our NHL Betting Pick of the Week.

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