In the NHL, finishing the season with the best record in the regular season has proven to be a bit of a curse when the playoffs come around. Over the past 15-20 years, only a few teams have ended the regular season with the best record and then went on to win the Stanley Cup. It is proof positive that the regular season and the playoffs in hockey are two very different beasts, as some teams are just not built for the everyday stress that comes with playing in the postseason. There is a very good race going on right now for the President’s Trophy, which is awarded to the team with the best regular season record, despite the fact that it has not been the best thing to win over the years. The Washington Capitals, who have been a fabulous regular season team over the past few seasons, lead the way right now and will try to stay on top when they head to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Wednesday night. You can catch this one on national TV, with the Capitals in as a 1 ½ goal favorite. The goal total has been set at 6 ½.
When: Wednesday, January 8 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
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Why bet on the Washington Capitals
The Capitals are ruling the roost at the top of the NHL standings and are showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Washington are coming into this one on the heels of 3 straight wins and 6 wins in their last 10 games. That run has taken them to 30-9-5 on the season, 3 wins better than the team with the next most wins in the league. The Capital are on 65 points right now, which has them 8 points up on the New York Islanders for the lead in the Metropolitan Division. It also has them 15 points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the division race. The Capitals have been fantastic on the road this season, going 17-5-1 away from home, as well as an impressive 16-7 ATS in those games.
Why bet on the Philadelphia Flyers
If the season were to end today, the Philadelphia Flyers would be in as the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Making the playoffs is all that really matters in the grand scheme of things, but the Flyers are in danger of falling below the playoff line if their current run of form continues much longer. The Flyers come into this game having lost 4 in a row to go to 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. Overall, they are at 22-15-6 on the season, good for 50 points, but just 1 point ahead of the chasing pack in the East playoff race. The Flyers have been outstanding on home ice, going 13-2-4 in their own building this season. One of those losses at home came against Washington, though, a 2-1 SO defeat earlier this season.
NHL Picks and Predictions for Wednesday, January 8, 2020: In this episode of Puck Time, The Prez, Don Buster and Andrew McInnis look at the NHL games for today and handicap the action on the ice from a sports betting perspective.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
What we have here is a pair of teams currently heading in very different directions. While I do believe that the Flyers will snap out of their current losing skid, I don’t think it will happen here.
Washington Capitals 5 Philadelphia Flyers 2