The Washington Capitals (35-8-3) will attempt to win their third straight game and add to their NHL-best point total when they host the skidding Philadelphia Flyers (20-18-8) in a Metropolitan Division matchup Wednesday.
Washington is a -220 home favorite (bet $220 to win $100), according to Odds Shark, against a Philadelphia team that has lost three in a row.
The Capitals are coming off a 6-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets as 160-point road favorites eight days ago, as their last two home games were postponed due to the blizzard that wreaked havoc on the East Coast.
Washington’s lone loss over its past eight games came on the road against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 16, 4-1.
All-Star goaltender Braden Holtby suffered just his fifth loss of the year for the Caps at Buffalo, and his save percentage has fallen slightly to .930 after posting a .914 mark so far in January, his worst month to date.
Holtby has yet to earn a shutout in January, allowing two goals or more in six of his eight starts. Consequently, the over is 4-0-2 for totals bettors in the team’s previous six games and 7-1-3 in the last 11, according to the Odds Shark NHL Database.
Meanwhile, each loss for the Flyers during their current skid has been decided by exactly one goal, as have all of their last six games overall. They have been underdogs in five of those games, upsetting the Boston Bruins 3-2 at home and the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on the road during that stretch.
The under is 3-1-3 in the Flyers' previous seven, and they've totaled more than two goals only once since blanking the New York Islanders 4-0 on Jan. 9, which was the third straight game they scored four goals in.
Back on Nov. 12, Philadelphia lost its first meeting with Washington 5-2 after winning six of the previous seven matchups between the teams. The total also went over for the first time in five meetings with a lower total of five compared to 5.5 in the four prior to that.
Two of the four that finished under the total would have landed on five for a push. The Caps have also split the last eight home meetings with the Flyers.