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Lightning vs. Capitals - 12/9/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (12-10-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (18-7-3)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Tampa Bay Times Forum)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -167 / Washington Capitals +152 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNB, SUN, TVA

The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning square off Tuesday at the Amalie Arena.

The Washington Capitals have split their last six games and end a three-game road trip. The Capitals are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have scored a power play goal in five of their last seven games and have won six of their last seven games overall when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 12 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 20 assists and John Carlson has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in nine of their last 12 games. Braden Holtby has allowed 46 goals on 546 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.

Lightning vs. Capitals - 12/9/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have won five of their last seven and play their third straight home game. The Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and have scored 13 goals in their last four games. The Tampa Bay Lightning have two power play goals in their last four games and are 16-0 this season overall when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 16 goals, Tyler Johnson has 20 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Ben Bishop has allowed 51 goals on 610 shots faced and Evgeni Nabokov has given up 17 goals on 145 shots.

The Capitals are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic and 8-3 in their last 11 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Lightning are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Tampa Bay and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings overall.

While the plus money with the Capitals is interesting, I can't pick against the Tampa Bay Lightning with the way they're playing right now. Look for Tampa to keep things rolling with a win over the up-and-down Capitals. 

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Tampa Bay Lightning -167

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