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Lightning, Caps on NHL lines

Southeast co-leaders Tampa Bay and Washington clash in a much-anticipated divisional NHL betting matchup on Tuesday night, with the Capitals as a -175 home favorite over the Lightning at Bovada.

Beating a revived Washington team that has won three straight and five of their last six since an eight-game losing skid would be a tough chore on any night.

Washington is 2-0 this season against the Lightning (+155), winning 6-0 and 6-3 in November meetings. Things have changed since then and a road underdog bet on Tampa Bay could be worth the wager, especially with their recent play.

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Tampa Bay is an astounding 8-1-1 in their past 10 games, while Washington is 5-3-2 over the same span. Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Alexander Semin have to find their scoring touch in a hurry if they are to extend their win streak to four against the Lightning.

Tampa Bay boasts a couple of NHL scoring leaders in Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis, who sit second and third, respectively, in the NHL. The Lightning are nearly unbeatable when those two figure in the scoring, so the Capitals will need their trio to hit full stride.

Oddsmakers are expecting these two offensive teams to pile up the goals with the OVER/UNDER total set at a relatively high 6 goals for NHL betting lines at Sportsbook.ag. However, the pair has rewarded UNDER bettors in three of the past four head-to-head meetings.

The Dallas Stars came back to defeat the St. Louis Blues last time out, and hope they are getting back on track just in time to take on the defending-champion Blackhawks as likely road underdogs Wednesday night.

Chicago will be home favorites in that contest, despite their middling 12-10-0 record at the United Center. Dallas will be looking to snap a three-game losing skid against Chicago.

Chicago might be 7-3-0 in their past 10 with the Stars, but a lack of stability in net could cause some action on the NHL betting lines with road underdog Dallas.

This is shaping up to be a wide-open contest between the Pacific-leading Stars and the Blackhawks. If you are looking for the closest thing to a sure bet on this night, then totals bettors will salivate over this stat - nine of the previous 10 meetings have sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

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