Flyers vs. Capitals NHL Pick – January 8th

The Philadelphia Flyers are in Washington tonight after a contest with the Blues last night. They’re currently trailing the Blues by a score of 1-0. Jordan Binnington was sharp in his debut for the Blues. Fellow rookie, Carter Hart, was good too, but the offence failed to help him out. It’s one thing or the other with this team. They score 4 or 5 goals in a night and they allow 6 goals. Conversely, the defence helps out and they get quality goaltending, but can’t buy a goal.

How is life going in the post-Dave Hakstol era? Clearly coaching is not the issue, or at least Scott Gordon is no different than Hakstol at connecting with this team. Joel Quenneville’s name was floated around after Hakstol was fired, though why would he want this job? I still say not to be surprised if Quenneville ends up in Seattle with the expansion franchise. He will have the power to craft a team to his liking. Gerard Gallant found gold taking the expansion job in Las Vegas, and I think Quenneville would like the ability to select his own talent.

As far as the Flyers are concerned, their issues go beyond coaching, I believe. No one is walking through the doors to help Claude Giroux out anytime son. Giroux has no interesting in going elsewhere and he has a no-trade clause in his contract, so they’re likely to be saddled with his contract for four more years.

If the Flyers continue at this pace, though, he might have a breaking point. With the loss last night, the Flyers dropped their seventh loss in a row. The offence is going nowhere, as they’ve scored more than 2 goals just once in their previous six games. They are likely going to need more than that on the road in Washington tonight. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Capitals pick.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals Pick

The Capitals are coming off a 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Sunday. It wasn’t their best effort, and their most recent outings haven’t been their best, either. They were losers in three straight games before handling their business against the Wings, though. The Wings entered the 3rd period with a 2-1 lead, though, and that dissipated. Whatever the Capitals did at the intermission worked.

All it probably took was a look at the scoreboard to see who they were losing to for some motivation. With four losses in a row starting at them in the face, the Capitals were able to break out of the funk. Travis Boyd and Michael Kempny both got on the board, as a couple of role players stepped up for the Caps.

When Ovechkin doesn’t have his stroke, it’s always nice to see others stepping up. They are going to need more than just Ovi to get them to back-to-back Cups. If he goes bizarke and goes on a hat trick romp again, okay, then just move out of the way and let him do his thing.

The Capitals enter with a record of 12-6-1 at home and should feel good about getting a bad Red Wings and Flyers team back-to-back while in the midst of downturn recently. With Hart getting the nod in net last night, the Flyers likely would have gone with Michael Neuvirth in net here.

However, Neuvirth is injured again, and the Flyers have had to desperately sign Mike McKenna. The former Senator was cut after posting a 3.96 GAA and 0.897 save percentage in Ottawa. Running out of options, the Flyers have to claim him off waivers. I think after the 2nd period the Capitals snapped out of whatever trance they were in. They in all likelihood should be able to handle McKenna. And for a Flyers team who have averaged just 1.2 goals per game in their last six outings, they are going to be looking at another loss in Washington tonight. I like a 5-2 final in favour of the Capitals on Tuesday.

The Bet
CAPITALS -1.5
Kyle E / Author

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