The Philadelphia Flyers turned in another attention getting win on Wednesday night, as they outplayed the Washington Capitals by a score of 5-2. Despite going into the first intermission with a 1-0 deficit, the Flyers were the better team for the next two periods. The Flyers pulled away in the third with a couple of goals to take a 5-2 lead on the shocked Capitals.
If the Capitals needed a warning that the Flyers are for real, they got it last night at Capital One Arena. With the win, the Flyers pulled within a point of the Capitals in the Metropolitan. A month ago that seemed like an impossible task, but here we are, and the Flyers can take a lead in the division Thursday night.
Washington will be playing on a back-to-back tonight as well, so they’ll have to hope for a win in Philadelphia and a win by the Rangers for that to happen. The fact that we’re even talking about the Flyers taking a lead in the Metropolitan is a bit crazy. In the early stages of the regular season, the Capitals were the only team flying around in the division. They got out to a big lead. Then the second-half rolled around and the Penguins kept creeping up on them.
Suddenly the Capitals had some company in the Metropolitan. Now we’re looking at a three-team race between the Penguins, Flyers, and Capitals. That’s not what the Capitals envisioned. March should be a wild ride, and it will be interesting to see if the Capitals can find their footing.
The Flyers don’t look like they’re going to be stopping anytime soon, though could they be in for a letdown against the Hurricanes at home tonight? A win will make it an eight-game winning streak for the Flyers, and wins in nine of their previous ten games. Flyers’ fans have to be concerned about some variance hitting them hard soon, but they’re hoping that doesn’t come until next season. They should have a lot of confidence in their stride against the Hurricanes in this one.
Carolina is on a three-game losing streak entering tonight, along with losses in four of their previous five games. This is the worst possible time for the Hurricanes to turn cold. They’re out of the playoff picture right now, as they have fallen behind the Islanders by 3 points. The Hurricanes will attempt to turn it around in a tough environment tonight. Head below for our free Hurricanes vs. Flyers pick.
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The Hurricanes will have to find a way to slow down a sizzling hot Flyers’ offence in this contest. It hasn’t mattered who’s in net, the Flyers have found a way to light the scoreboard up. The Flyers have scored at least 4 goals in seven straight games and 5 goals in three straight. In their previous ten outings, the Flyers’ offence has racked up 4.3 goals per contest. They are going to cool off at some point, at least for a game or two, but the Hurricanes are going to be hard pressed to be the team to do that.
The Hurricanes’ struggles recently coincide with injuries to James Reimer and Petr Mrazek. Both of them were injured against the Maple Leafs on February 22, prompting the Hurricanes to go with an emergency backup goaltender. We all know the story of David Ayres by now. He’s the only goalie to finish a game and win in their last five games. Former Chicago Blackhawk, Anton Forsberg, has been the primary netminder for the Hurricanes with Reimer and Mrazek down.
They are expected to miss about another week of play. Hopefully by the time they return, the damage inflicted won’t be too bad. The 27-year-old Forsberg has posted a 4.39 GAA and 0.885 save percentage in two starts this year with Carolina. There’s not much the Hurricanes can do about that situation before Reimer or Mrazek get back into the crease. Expect to continue to see the Hurricanes allow a big chunk of goals without them suiting up. And against a Flyers’ offence that has been scoring at will, they should be able to score more Thursday night against Forsberg and the Hurricanes.
Rod Brind’Amour knows that tonight is not going to be easy with the No. 3 goalie between the pipes. If he’s smart, Brind’Amour will have to allow his team to take chances offensively. Sitting back likely isn’t going to help, because it’s likely that the Flyers will find a way to score on Forsberg anyway. The Hurricanes have scored 3.2 goals per game, while giving up 3.5 per game in their last ten outings. I don’t see how the Hurricanes stop the Flyers from scoring, though they might be able to keep things interesting if they attack early and often. Look for a high-scoring game, with a bet on the OVER playable here.