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Hockey odds preview - Washington vs. Tampa Bay

Washington CapitalsTampa Bay Lightning
April 2, 7:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds

40-31-8TEAM RECORD36-35-7

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to emerge victorious in NHL odds action as the Capitals arrive at St. Pete Times Forum on Monday.

The Lightning are 36-35-7 so far on the season. The Capitals, meanwhile, are 40-31-8. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Tampa Bay go 49-28-1 and the Capitals go 38-37-4 on the totals.

View Washington vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Lightning as +110 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 5.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 28-rated Lightning and the No. 19-ranked Capitals, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 9-ranked offense (2.9 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 21 at 2.8 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 15.6% rate while the Capitals have a 81.4% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Canadiens at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at -235 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 3-2 winner at home against the Jets. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Montreal are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Winnipeg are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Capitals at Lightning trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing Washington
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Washington home to Florida, Thursday, April 5
Tampa Bay at Montreal, Wednesday, April 4

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