Caps Triumph Versus SensA back-to-back set started with a win for the Washington Capitals (30-9-5), who recorded their third straight victory by overcoming the Ottawa Senators with a count of 6-1 at Capital One Arena yesterday. The Sens opened the scoring at the start of the first period before the Caps netted three times in each of the following frames, with T.J Oshie (18 goals, 33 points this year) and Alex Ovechkin (26 goals, 42 points) burying two snipes each. Washington is 14-5-0 in its last 19 fixtures and 17-5-1 when playing on the road thus far this season.
Goalie Ilya Samsonov (12-2-1 on the year with a 2.25 GAA and a .921 save percentage) made 26 saves in his seventh straight victory, but is expected to back up Braden Holtby for the trip to Philadelphia. Holtby is 18-7-4 for the season with a 2.99 GAA and a .902 save percentage, and has recorded a 13-4-8 career total against the Flyers with a 2.39 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are 3rd in most goals netted per game (3.59), 9th in least goals allowed on average (2.91), 10th in power play (21.8%) and 3rd best in penalty kill (83.4%).
Flyers Lose Fourth In RowThe Philadelphia Flyers (22-15-6) recorded their fourth consecutive loss (0-3-1) after ending a six-date road trip with a 1-4-1 total following a 5-4 overtime defeat against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena yesterday. Philly squandered a 2-0 lead, allowing four straight goals before netting twice to force the extra period, with Travis Sanheim (5 goals, 13 points this year) tying the proceedings at 4-4 with just over four minutes remaining in the third period. The Flyers had won four straight games ahead of the road trip and are 13-2-4 when skating on own ice this season.
Goalie Brian Elliott (9-5-3 on the year with a 3.16 GAA and a .896 save percentage) stopped 28 shots in Raleigh, but will vacate the crease to Carter Hart for the upcoming fixture. Hart is 0-1-1 against the Washington Capitals in previous encounters with a 2.43 GAA and a .925 save percentage, and has posted a 13-10-3 tally for the ongoing campaign with a 2.61 GAA and a .905 save percentage. The Flyers, meanwhile, are 15th in most goals scored per game (3.09), 12th in least goals allowed on average (3.00), 16th in power play (19.3%) and 12th in penalty kill (81.1%).
Philadelphia (according to Covers.com)
- Flyers are 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- Flyers are 3-8 in their last 11 games playing on 0 days rest.
Washington (according to Covers.com)
- Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest.