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Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/13/14

Tampa Bay Lightning (45-27-9) at Washington Capitals (38-30-13)

NHL Hockey: Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Capitals / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-DC, SunSports

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals will close out the regular season with a matchup on Sunday. The Capitals have won the first two games this season.

The Lightning have won their last three games and four of their last six as they’re making a strong push heading into the playoffs later next week. Even with Ben Bishop sidelined with an injury, the Lightning have allowed two or less goals in their last three games. Offensively, the Lightning have won their last six games when scoring three or more goals and have scored a power play goal in three straight games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are 20-17-2-1 on the road this season.

Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 4/13/14

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Although the Capitals are eliminated from playoff contention, they’re finishing the season strong with four straight victories. Goalie Braden Holtby has allowed two or less goals in five of his last seven starts, and the Capitals have allowed just one power play goal in their last 20 power plays. Offensively, the Capitals have scored four or more goals in each of their last four wins and are 9-2 in their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals. The Washington Capitals are 21-13-3-3 at home this season. 

The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Metropolitan and 11-43 in their last 54 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Capitals are 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 5-17 in the last 22 meetings in Washington, while the home team is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings.

I usually like to side with the decent teams that are playing their last game of the season in front of their home fans. They usually like to endthe season on a positive note. The Lightning are more worried about the playoffs coming up. With that said, take the Capitals and the plus money. 

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