What a team the Vegas Golden Knights are. They are inventing new ways to win games as we move along. Last night in Calgary and down by a goal with under 2 minutes remaining, they scored 3 goals to win 4-2. The Knights tied it up, scored again 10 seconds later, and then buried an empty netter. Get out of here. That’s what I said when I watched the game unfold in the waning moments.
I still expect them to have difficulties in the playoffs, but it’s getting pretty unbelievable. Regardless of what happens, they’re already winners. Then we’ll see if they suffer from a sophomore slump next season or keep on chugging along. The win for the Knights provided the Flames with their fifth loss in a row. They’re still in a good position to reach the postseason, however that wasn’t the best way to get the second-half of the year started. It’s a gut wrenching way to lose.
There are only a trio of games on the card tonight, so slim pickings on Wednesday. We’re going to go to D.C. where the Flyers and Capitals will take the ice at the Capital One Arena for the first time since the break. Each team enjoyed some success, and for the Flyers, at 24-17-5, that’s pretty well what we expected from them.
The Capitals started out of the gates slowly, and they had to do a bit of catching up to do. The Caps enter Wednesday night with a record of 29-15-4, so off the pace for a team who have gotten used to winning the President’s Trophy. They’ve lost four of their last six games, so it wasn’t the best way to wrap things up before the break. Conversely, the Flyers were on fire, with eight wins in their last ten games. We’ll see if All-Star Weekend cooled them down some. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Capitals pick.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals Pick
The Capitals have fluctuated thus far, but Alexander Ovechkin has been his regular self. He’s putting up monster numbers again this year, as he’s netted 30 goals up to this point. As a team, though, the Capitals are off from where we’ve been accustomed to seeing them. They are currently 9th in the NHL, with 3 goals scored per game. Likewise, their defence has been behind as well, with 2.8 goals allowed per game for 14th in the league. Neither have been bad, but it’s been quite common to see the Capitals in the top-5 statistically. Braden Holtby was way off, posting a 2.66 GAA and 0.917 save percentage. That’s not like him, but I do expect him to bounce back and bring those numbers up.
The Flyers went into the break with a 5-1 loss to the Lightning. They previously won four in a row, so it wasn’t the biggest setback. The Flyers may be dealing with an ill goaltender tonight, as Michal Neuvirth has been missing practice lately due to a stomach virus. He returned to practice on Tuesday, but hasn’t been feeling too great. Brian Elliott is still out, so the Flyers recalled Alex Lyon to backup Neuvirth. However, if something comes up, and Neuvirth isn’t feeling too great, the job tonight will go to Lyon, who has posted a 2.90 GAA and 0.91 save percentage in the minors. The Flyers’ offence has been playing great of late, posting 3.4 goals per game in their last ten games. During that same stretch, the Capitals averaged 3.2 per game. A 4-2 final looks likely, so I am taking a look at the OVER between the Flyers and Capitals.
PICK: OVER 5.5 (-110)