It is always a pleasure to watch the games between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals and that will definitely be the case when the two Metropolitan Division rivals meet in Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA, on December 21, 2021.
- Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals
- NHL – Regular season
- Date – 21/12/2021
- Starting time – 7 PM ET
- Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA,
Philadelphia Flyers Stats & Form
Things have looked much better since interim coach Mike Yeo has taken over the Flyers as they have won four of the last five games. Still, the Flyers are fifth in the Metropolitan Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 12-12-5 record.
In their last game, the Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime. Travis Sanheim scored 1:35 into the extra time and also had an assist to lead the Flyers. Claude Giroux, Oskar Lindblom and Joel Farabee also scored for Philly. Giroux moved into a tie for second on the franchise’s all-time scoring list.
Backup goalie Martin Jones started in place of Carter Hart, who missed the contest due to a non-Covid illness, and made 28 saves. The Flyers are 3-4-1 against opponents in the Metropolitan. Philadelphia averages 8.8 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the Eastern Conference. Zack MacEwen leads the team serving 27 total minutes.
Cam Atkinson leads the Flyers with 12 goals, adding eight assists and collecting 20 points. Claude Giroux has 8 points over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Flyers News
Max Willman, Nate Thompson, Tanner Laczynski, Kevin Hayes, Carter Hart, Morgan Frost, Ryan Ellis and Derick Brassard are all out for the Flyers.
Washington Capitals Stats & Form
The Washington Capitals are having another great season as they are on top of the Metropolitan Division and second in the Eastern Conference with an 18-6-7 record.Most recently, Peter Laviolette’s team has lost three of the last five games.
On Sunday, the Capitals lost 3-2 at home to the Los Angeles Kings after they had a 2-1 lead entering the final period. Connor McMichael and Justin Schultz each had a goal for Washington. Washington was missing forwards Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Michael Sgarbossa, all on the Covid-19 list. Oshie was placed on the list earlier Sunday, and Sgarbossa was a late scratch.
The Capitals are 6-2-0 against Metropolitan opponents. Washington ranks fifth in the league averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by Alex Ovechkin with 22.
Nick Jensen leads the Capitals with a plus-20 in 31 games this season. Ovechkin has four goals over the last 10 games for Washington.
Washington Capitals News
Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Anthony Mantha and TJ Oshie will not suit up for the Capitals tonight while Tom Wilson will be a game-time decision.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals Head-to-Head Stats
The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 on the road when these two teams met for the last time on November 6th.
Still, the Capitals have been the better team in the past years as they have won seven of the last ten matchups.
Three of the last five games between these two teams have been under 5.5 goals.
Philadelphia Flyers vs Washington Capitals Betting Odds
The Washington Capitals are slight favorites to win this one with 117 odds to do so, while the Philadelphia Flyers are at 170. The draw is at 346.
The total goals margin is set at 6 with 100 to go over and -132 to be under.
Given the recent form and the home court, the Philadelphia Flyers look like the better team but that actually is not the case. The Capitals are among the best teams in the league for a reason. Despite recent personnel issues due to injuries and Covid-19 protocols, the Capitals will win this one. Ovechkin and his teammates will again dominate the local rival and attack the top spot of the conference.
- Tip Quote (Home team win): 170 by 22bet
- Tip Quote (Draw): 346 by 22bet
- Tip Quote (Away team win): 117 by 22bet
- Expert betting tip: Washington Capitals to win (117 by 22bet)