NHL Game Preview - Lightning underdogs vs Capitals at Washington
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals Odds
The Washington Capitals will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Tampa Bay Lightning invade Verizon Center on Saturday.
Washington battles the Lightning, currently with a 17-21-2 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 17-21-3 for the Capitals and 21-15-4 for the Lightning.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, they Lightning listed earlier today as underdogs of +-168 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.
The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Capitals at No. 19 and the Lightning at No. 15 heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 7-ranked offense, averaging 3 goals per game, against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 24 at 3 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 25% while the Lightning defense kills off 80.8% of their penalties.
In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 6-3 loser at home against the Penguins. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
In their last action, Washington was a 3-1 winner at home against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Washington at -168 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.
Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4
Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Carolina are 4-6
After a win are 7-3
A few Lightning at Capitals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 11 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Washington's last 11 games when playing Tampa Bay
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, Sunday, April 14
Washington home to Toronto, Tuesday, April 16