Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov gets hit by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman

Capitals Looking To Avoid Rare Three Game Losing Streak

The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning head back to Florida all knotted up at two games each in their Eastern Conference finals series. The Capitals are coming off home losses in Game 3 and 4 but should offer some excellent bounce-back ability Saturday. The Capitals have lost three-straight games just twice all season and not once since mid-January.

SHARK BITES
  • The Capitals are 7-1 on the road in the playoffs compared to 3-5 at home.
  • Steven Stamkos has recorded 12 of his 16 postseason points on the Sportsbook.
  • The Capitals are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games after consecutive losses.

This series already has bucked the old cliché of home ice being important with the road team taking all four games so far. The road team has outscored their hosting adversaries 18-8 so far, this series.

If the Capitals want to take the lead in this series, they will need better special teams play. Washington went 0-for-7 with the man advantage in the last two games compared to a solid 3-for-7 in the first two. That is unacceptable considering the Lightning entered the playoffs with one of the worst penalty kill units in the NHL, ranking 27th overall.

For the Lightning, they need to wonder which Andrei Vasilevskiy they are getting. Vasilevskiy was mediocre-at-best during the first two games in Washington, allowing 10 goals and being pulled in Game 1. However, in the two most recent games, the netminder has a .947 save percentage while facing nearly 40 shots each outing.

Sportsbook Odds & Computer Pick

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3-2.8 win for the Lightning on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Tampa Bay will face the 59-30-9 Capitals. In totals betting, the Lightning are 55-35-6 in over under betting so far this season while the Washington Capitals are 53-40-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs Washington injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 10 (Tampa Bay Lightning) and the No. 7 (Washington Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning No. 1-ranked offense (3.57 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.89 goals per game allowed. The Lightning Sportsbook has clicked at a 25.08% rate while the Capitals have a 79.14% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • Washington is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
  • Washington is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Tampa Bay is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Tampa Bay, Monday, May 21st

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