Tampa Bay Lightning (19-8-3) at Washington Capitals (13-10-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 13, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals +100 / Tampa Bay Lightning -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals play Saturday at the Verizon Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have split their last six games and begin a five-game road trip. The Lightning are averaging 3.4 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three goals. The Tampa Bay Lightning have scored a power play goal in six of their last nine games and are 16-1 this season when scoring at least three goals. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 17 goals, Tyler Johnson has 21 assists and Nikita Kucherov has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the Lightning are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Ben Bishop has allowed 55 goals on 644 shots faced and Evgeni Nabokov has given up 18 goals on 175 shots. The Lightning have lost three of their last four road games.
The Washington Capitals have split their last 10 games and their third home game of the month. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have scored a power play goal in three straight contests and have won seven of their last eight games when scoring three or more goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 14 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 22 assists and Troy Brouwer has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.7 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in three of their last six games. Braden Holtby has allowed 52 goals on 605 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.
The Lightning are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 11-5 in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Lightning are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Washington and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Washington Capitals haven't been that great at home while Tampa Bay has feasted on Eastern teams. For the cheap price, the Lightning have to be the pick here.