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Caps, Bolts NHL playoff betting

Washington has their backs against the wall down 2-0 as they travel to Tampa Bay for Game 3 of their best-of-seven second-round series in NHL betting action on Tuesday night.

Washington will have to pull out the victory at a line of -110 at Sportsbook.ag, with the posted OVER/UNDER total set at 5.

Alex Ovechkin tied the score late in Game 2 only to have that fade away with Vincent Lecavalier’s OT winner that sank the Capitals 3-2. Ovechkin and company will need to deliver on the power play if they want to turn this into a fight.

The Capitals went 0 for 6 on the power play in Game 2 as home favorites on the NHL betting lines. They are also 0 for 11 in the playoffs. Tampa Bay is also at -110 for Game 3 at home and has got to be feeling a bit fatigued after going seven games with Pittsburgh - and now back-to-back games with only one day of rest.

Washington knows its season could be on the line if they fall down by three games and will come out flying in this one. The Capitals did win four of six in the regular season head-to-head, and they could be worth a good look on the NHL betting lines.

Seven of the previous 10 matchups have made winners of UNDER bettors in totals betting, but the past four games have alternated between OVER and UNDER. If that is any indication of a trend, then bettors might consider the OVER wager in Game 3 on the totals betting lines.

San Jose is riding the momentum into Detroit as they look to take a commanding lead over the Red Wings in their second-round Western Conference betting matchup on Wednesday.

The Sharks scraped out a pair of 2-1 victories over the Red Wings and lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 with the next two games scheduled for the Motor City. Detroit is labelled as a -160 home favorite for Game 3.

San Jose has owned the Red Wings - eliminating them from the postseason a year ago in five games, and taking the last five straight head-to-head. The Sharks could be ripe for the picking as a +140 road underdog.

Detroit should see most of the attention on the NHL betting lines with the hometown crowd and sense of urgency that they must play with to keep their season from teetering on the brink of elimination.

Three straight games between San Jose and Detroit have made winners of UNDER bettors in totals betting. The goaltending of Jimmy Howard and Antti Niemi has been spectacular and an UNDER play on the totals betting lines could be the way to go again.