Tampa Bay Lightning host Washington Capitals in hockey action
Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Washington Capitals invade Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday.
Tampa Bay will face the 4-8-1 Capitals. In totals betting, the Lightning are 8-3-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Capitals are 5-8 favoring the OVER.
Bettors looking to side with the Lightning in this one found them earlier as -157 favorites on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.
According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 5-ranked Lightning and the No. 27-rated Capitals in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tampa Bay's No. 1-ranked offense (3.8 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.5 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 27.5% rate while the Capitals have a 74.1% rate on the penalty kill.
Last time out for Washington, they were a 6-5 winner as they battled the Panthers on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Capitals at +117 were rewarded, while the 11 goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
The Lightning were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Canadiens. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at +118 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Florida are 7-3
After a win are 2-8
Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Montreal are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6
A few Capitals at Lightning trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Washington's last 11 games
Washington is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Tampa Bay is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
Washington at NY Rangers, Sunday, February 17
Tampa Bay at Florida, Saturday, February 16