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What You Need To Know For Betting Lightning-Capitals Game 4

NBA players must play a more strenuous game than hockey players. They need to take two nights off to rest up or whatever while the ice never sleeps in puck world. 

So we just have one game on the card tonight and that’s swell because I remain amazing at NHL betting. I took the Las Vegans -1/2 goal (+155) to win the first period last night and it was easy money with Jonathan Marchessault scoring just 20 seconds into the frame. 

I’m now 25-19-3 in the NHL playoffs, which is good for a profit of $646 if you’re betting $100 per game. That’s pretty solid considering I’m betting almost every game here. 

If you’re looking for the simplest strategy for winning money in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, it seems to be this: take underdogs straight up if you like the dog and take favorites on the 1.5-goal puckline if you like the favorite. 

Dogs are 34-39 for a profit of $978 and faves are 25-48 on the puckline (-1.5 goals) for a profit of $414. Those losing records may look strange but remember – it’s all about the odds, not the records. You need to win fewer games at plus-money odds to earn a hold. 

OK, let’s move on to tonight’s game… 

Lightning At Capitals -117, 6  

These teams are really starting to hate the hell out of each other. The last couple of games in this series have been so nasty it’ll make you wince just watching. 

I was thinking we’d see some UNDER value in this series because I knew the Lightning would tighten up on defense and they did in Game 3. But when two teams start to despise each other this much, you can’t stop the parade to the penalty box. 

These are two teams with strong power plays and not-so-strong penalty-killing units. We’ve seen at least seven power plays in each game this series and these teams are a combined 8-for-22 on those. 

One thing to keep a careful watch on is Steve Stamkos, who is questionable with a face injury. He’s a massive factor in this game. I’m stumped here, I gotta admit. But I need a pick, sooo … I’m going with the Caps and hoping for an empty-netter. We’ve seen a staggering 32 of them these playoffs. 

Pick: Caps -1.5 (+235)