Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals - 12/12/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (19-6-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (14-12-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -120 / Washington Capitals +109 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, SUN
The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning play Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
The Washington Capitals look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 14 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 19 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 41 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 43 goals on 595 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 14 goals on 135 shots. Holtby has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a victory after splitting their last six games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power plays. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 11 goals, Victor Hedman has 13 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 44 goals on 635 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 15 goals on 167 shots. Bishop has allowed four goals in his last three games. Tyler Johnson is questionable.
The Capitals are 38-17 in their last 55 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 43-20 in their last 63 home games. The Capitals are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Tampa Bay and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings overall.
The Capitals are playing better hockey overall and have had Tampa Bay's number over the years. The value here is on the road team and the plus money.