Washington Capitals (41-20-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6)
NHL Hockey: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -135 / Washington Capitals +115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in a round-robin matchup in NHL action from Scotiabank Arena on Monday afternoon.
The Washington Capitals enter the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference with 90 points and a record of 41-20-8 with a point percentage of .652 this season. John Carlson is Washington’s top point-getter in the regular season, logging 75 points with a team-high 60 assists and 26 power play points while Alex Ovechkin was second with 67 points and a team-high 48 goals on the year with 13 of those coming with the man advantage. Nicklas Backstrom had 54 points with 42 assists and Jakub Vrana and Evgeny Kuznetsov each have 52 points apiece this season. Braden Holtby leads the Caps in goal with a record of 25-14-6 with a 3.11 GAA and an .897 save percentage while Ilya Samsonov was the backup but is unable to play for Washington in the postseason.
The Tampa Bay Lightning come into the postseason as the #2 seed in the East with a record of 43-21-6 on 92 points with a point percentage of .657 this season. Nikita Kucherov led the Lightning with 85 points including a team leading 33 goals, 52 assists and 25 power play points. Steven Stamkos had 66 points with 29 goals, 37 assists and a team-high 10 power play goals and Brayden Point was close behind with 64 points with 39 assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy was once again one of the NHL’s top goaltenders and a Vezina trophy candidate, posting a 35-14-3 record with a 2.56 GAA and .917 save percentage in the regular season.
Washington is 10-3 in their last 13 games as an underdog and 101-40 in their last 141 games against the Atlantic division while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 Monday games. Tampa Bay is 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Metropolitan division and 15-5 in their last 20 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games as a favorite. Washington is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
This is a potential Eastern Conference finals preview if things shake out a certain way, but no matter what we say about the Lightning on the live show, they’re still a solid team, especially on offense. On the other hand, Washington has the great eight, Alex Ovechkin and he’s an offensive equalizer no matter what the situation. I think we see some scoring in this one so I’ll take the over as my free play for this game but my stronger play is on the side and that’s available as a premium pick that you can find here.