Philadelphia at Washington NHL Free Picks
On Friday night, the Philadelphia Flyers will be in the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Flyers had been down 3-0 in this series but did their very best to avoid the sweep, taking the game to Washington on their own home ice. The Flyers got a little lucky after only putting in 40 minutes of full effort, but inserting Michal Neuvirth in goal in lieu of Steve Mason made the night go the right way for the Broad Street Bullies. Find out the latest NHL online betting odds here.
Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals NHL Free Picks
When: Friday, April 22, 2016, 7:00pm Eastern time
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Radio: Caps Radio 24/7
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Philadelphia?
Of all of the professional sports, hockey seems to be the one in which grit and hustle can change the direction of an entire playoff series. Philadelphia took an early lead in Game 3, scoring in the first minute, but just a few minutes later the Capitals answered and then reeled off five more goals after that. In Game 3, the Capitals were able to take advantage of the waning enthusiasm of the Flyers — you can’t play desperate hockey for 60 minutes. However, in Game 4, the Flyers came out swinging again, getting a power play early in the first. The ensuing goal gave the Flyers the early 1-0 lead. This time, Philadelphia kept pushing the action and could have had a bigger lead at the end of the first.
Why should you put your money on the Capitals?
The Flyers played much more energetically and emotionally in their home rink than they did on the road, and that trend showed itself again in Games 3 and 4. Now that the series returns to Washington, the Flyers will find themselves without the momentum of their home crowd. They’ll still have Alex Ovechkin and Company to contend with, and if the Flyers get a lead, you can expect Washington to turn the Philly attack zone into its second home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think that the Flyers will fight hard once again, but that Washington will just be too strong. I’m predicting a 4-1 Capitals victory.