Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/27/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Lightning (11-9-3) at Washington Capitals (15-5-1)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -130 / Tampa Bay Lightning +118 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, CSNB
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals meet Friday afternoon at the Verizon Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a nice road victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 11 goals, Victor Hedman has 11 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 36 goals on 505 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up eight goals on 112 shots. Bishop has allowed two goals in his last three games. Jonathan Drouin is questionable and Cedric Paquette is doubtful.
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The Washington Capitals look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 11 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 16 assists and Justin Williams has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 33 goals on 433 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 11 goals on 110 shots. Holtby has allowed six goals in his last three games. Brooks Orpik is doubtful with an upper-body injury.
The Lightning are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. a team with a winning record and 6-1 in their last 7 Friday games. The Capitals are 14-3 in their last 17 vs. a team with a losing record and 37-15 in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest. The Lightning are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Washington and 2-7 in the last 9 meetings overall.
The Capitals are back in one of those grooves where they play really solid hockey, and they've gotten the best of the Lightning over the years, especially in Washington. I'll side with the home team at the cheap price.