The Caps will look for their ninth straight win on Sunday as they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in an afternoon matchup.
Here are three bold predictions for the game.
1. The Flyers will score a power play goal
It’s been an up and down season for Philadelphia, but one thing they’ve done pretty well throughout has been the power play. Brayden Schenn leads the NHL in power play goals with 11 and Wayne Simmonds is tied for second with nine. That’s not first and second on the team, that’s in the entire NHL. While the Caps only took two penalties on Friday, staying out of the penalty box has been a struggle of late. On Sunday, it will cost them.
2. Both teams will combine for over 65 shots on goal
Neither the Caps nor the Flyers have been shy about shooting the puck this season. Washington is eighth in the NHL with 30.5 shots per game and Philadelphia is sixth with 31.6. Both teams will get plenty of rubber to the net.
3. A defenseman will score for Washington
I missed on this same prediction for Friday’s game, but I’m going to give it another shot. The last time these two teams met, the Caps lost 3-2 in a shootout. Washington allowed Philadelphia to dictate the pace of that game which resulted in some very fast, back and forth hockey in which the Caps were exposed defensively on the rush more than a few times. They won’t let that happen again. Expect Washington to play a more deliberate style in order to slow down and frustrate the Flyers. That means the Caps will be looking to cycle low and pass high to the blue line rather than enter the offensive zone and fire off a shot as quickly as possible on the rush.
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