The Washington Capitals wrap up another three game in four night stretch in Philadelphia as they take on the Flyers tomorrow afternoon following a shootout win against the New York Islanders on home ice. Despite this series being an apparent mismatch on paper in favor of the Caps, the season series is 2-1-0 in favor of Philly so far with tomorrow’s battle being the final meeting of the season.
Perhaps that’s a function of the Flyers stepping up their game against a division rival. The first affair was a 3-2 OT win for the Flyers as they hosted the Caps on January 8th. Readers may recall that the Caps were playing the second leg of back-to-back road games against a rested Flyers team. A week later the Caps shut the Flyers out in D.C. 1-0, followed by a dominant 3-1 Flyers win in D.C. on February 8th.
While the Caps will be playing the second leg of a back-to-back again tomorrow, the Flyers will too after beating the Nashville Predators in shootout Saturday. Both teams will be playing their third game in four days.
After a brief bout of success recently, the Flyers have gone back to struggling and are in all reality playing for pride at this stage of their season, with just a 2-5-2 record in February.
The key for the Capitals will be finding a way to wake up their offense against the struggling Flyers. They’ve scored just 4 goals in 3 games against Philly so far this year. To change that, they’ll have to move their legs and play smart hockey the way they did in Pittsburgh this week, which will help them draw penalties and get their scorching-hot power play on the ice. Philadelphia’s penalty killing unit is 28th in the league and ripe for the picking if Washington can find a way to send them to the box.
Let’s also keep an eye on the goaltending matchups with both teams having played the day before. This could be another Justin Peters game in net for the Caps so get ready for some adventure and excitement!