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Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning in NHL odds

Tampa Bay LightningWashington Capitals
March 8, 7:00 PM | Verizon Center

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals Odds

31-29-6TEAM RECORD32-28-6

The Washington Capitals battle the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday in NHL betting action at Verizon Center.

The Capitals sit at 32-28-6 on the season; in comparison, the Lightning are currently 31-29-6. Looking to wager on the totals? Washington is 32-30-4 OU, and Tampa Bay is 42-23-1 OU.

View Tampa Bay vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Capitals as -160 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 19-rated Capitals and the No. 25-ranked Lightning, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 15-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 30 at 3.4 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 16.4% rate while the Lightning have a 78.6% rate on the penalty kill.

The Lightning were a 7-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Senators. That made winners of bettors who got Ottawa at -111 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors.

Washington lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Hurricanes on March 6. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at +130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Ottawa are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Carolina are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Lightning at Capitals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Washington
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Washington is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Washington's last 21 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Washington is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Carolina, Saturday, March 10
Washington at Boston, Saturday, March 10