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Capitals open as moneyline underdog vs Lightning

Washington Capitals

Tampa Bay Lightning
20-16-6 January 09, 2014, 07:30 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 26-13-4

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

Supporters of the Capitals have seen them go 20-16-6 so far this season, while the Lightning are at 26-13-4. In totals betting, the Lightning are 18-22-3, while the Capitals are 20-22.

View Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

If you're going with the Lightning in this one, they were listed as moneyline Favorite of -142 on most hockey betting menus early today for Thursday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Lightning at No. 7 and the Capitals at No. 10 heading into this contest.

The Capitals were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Wild. That made winners of bettors who got Minnesota at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Jets. Bettors on Tampa Bay at +100 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 2.86 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 24 at 3.05 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 16.67% while the Capitals defense kills off 80.52% of their penalties.

A few Capitals at Lightning trends to consider:
Washington is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Toronto, Friday, January 10th
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, Saturday, January 11th