Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Dec 21, 2021

The Washington Capitals are one of the few NHL teams playing as well on the road as they are in their own building.

Washington
44-26-9-3
AT
December 21, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
25-46-7-4
Puckline -1.5 +172
Moneyline -140
Over / Under o +6

82%

Betting Action

18%

Puckline +1.5 -206
Moneyline +116
Over / Under u +6

82%

Betting Action

18%

Philadelphia can say the same thing – but it isn’t a compliment for the Flyers as they look to head into the holiday break with a Tuesday win over the Caps. The Flyers are below the .500 mark at Wells Fargo Center for the season, and are underdogs Tuesday against a Washington side that has earned points in 12 of 15 road games.

Capitals vs. Flyers NHL Betting Odds

The Capitals might normally be bigger favourites than this, but they’re facing key COVID-19 and quarantine absences – a list that includes centers Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov and winger T.J. Oshie. Still, Washington has plenty of momentum where the head-to-head series is concerned, with six wins in the previous eight meetings. That said, the Flyers prevailed 2-1 in the only encounter of the season back on Nov. 6.

Washington has the backing of more than 80 percent of Sports Interaction bettors, while 63 percent are on the O6 at -106 (with the U6 sitting at -114). Both teams skew slightly toward the Over for the season, with the Capitals at 17-13-1 and the Flyers at 15-14. Those trends are even more prominent in recent weeks, however, with Washington riding a 10-3 Over run in its last 13 games and the Flyers having surpassed the number in five straight.

Washington Capitals

It’s nothing short of astonishing to see Alex Ovechkin among the Rocket Richard Trophy betting favourites in his age-36 season. Ovechkin ranks second in the NHL in goals with 22 (just one behind league leader Leon Draisaitl) and is the No. 3 betting choice at +407 to win his 10th league goal-scoring title. He erupted for eight goals and four assists in six games against the Flyers last season, accounting for a third of his season goal total.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have largely been spared the relentless wave of COVID-19 cases that has forced the league to shut down for the holiday break two days early. So why is the betting line moving more in favour of the Capitals? Bettors have to be concerned with how lacklustre the Flyers have looked at home this season; despite back-to-back wins over New Jersey and Ottawa, Philly is just 6-6-2 at Wells Fargo Center and has allowed 24 goals in its last five home games.

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