Bolts vs. Caps on NHL lines

Tampa Bay will be seeking a third consecutive shutout and seventh straight win as -130 home favorites when they host the visiting Washington Capitals in NHL betting action Friday night.

Washington (+110 at Bovada) has had its troubles finding the back of the net against the Lightning, who have shut out the Capitals in back-to-back games. The Capitals did come away with a pair of victories against the Lightning in November. That was before the Lightning went on a tear.

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The Lightning have allowed just two goals while potting 15 against their last four opponents. Dwayne Roloson has been stellar in net since being acquired from the Islanders, posting four shutouts in a month. And Roloson has allowed just five goals in a five-game winning streak.

Tampa Bay will draw the largest amount of attention on the NHL betting lines with just four losses at home, compared to the Capitals' 11-10-3 road record. Alex Ovechkin has been held pointless in three games, but has five points against the Lightning this season.

Washington trails Tampa Bay by five points in the Southeast Division and this game is more pivotal to the road underdog Capitals - but don’t expect the Lightning to roll over. The Lightning have struggled on the power play recently, and leading scorer Steven Stamkos has just a single goal in four games against the Capitals.

Five of the previous six games have rewarded the UNDER bet, and with the netminding of Roloson combined with the Capitals' scoring woes it makes the UNDER wager a logical betting choice again.

East-leading Philadelphia will be home favorites when the Dallas Stars come to town for an intriguing NHL betting matchup on a busy Saturday night around the league.

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Dallas has cooled off as of late, dropping four of their last five games. They have allowed 24 goals in those four defeats. The Flyers have won three of four, but have only three goals in their past two games.

Philadelphia is 17-7-2 at home and is 24-13 when listed as the favorite. The home team has racked up more wins over their past 10 head-to-head meetings.

The Stars own a strong power play and have fared well on the road this season, going 14-10-1. They have the weapons and the goaltender to turn this skid around during an otherwise good season, and could provide a good payout as a road underdog.

These teams normally tend to have tight-checking, low-scoring games and could make the UNDER wager the more enticing wager in totals betting.