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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals - 12/14/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning
Date & Time Saturday December 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Amalie Arena
Tampa, Florida
TV Channel
DTV
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The Washington Capitals take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, Florida, at the Amalie Arena on Saturday. The Capitals are coming off of a 3-2 victory over the Bruins that saw Washington take control of the second period, and it was the key to the Capitals' win.

Washington is the best team in the NHL, with one of the most talented rosters in the league. They have a fantastic offense that scores the most goals in the league while having one of the best goaltenders and a solid defense. There isn't much that the Capitals can't do, and that is the reason why they are 23-5-5. 

On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Lightning are coming off of a win against the Florida Panthers. They have won three of their last five games, and have been relieved to have captain Steven Stamkos back on the ice. 

The Lightning is 15-11-3 on the season and sixth in the Atlantic Division. They will need everyone healthy to beat the Boston team, the Lightning can score with anybody when they are healthy, but they need to be able to defend well here.

Washington is 18-15 ATS this season
Over is 21-12 for the Capitals this season
Tampa Bay is 12-17 ATS this season
Under is 3-1-1 in Lightning last five games as a home underdog

This is a matchup of two outstanding teams. Tampa Bay does not have the roster and the talent that Washington may possess, but with getting Steven Stamkos back and having a superstar like that back on the ice, Tampa Bay certainly has a better chance of winning than they would have a few weeks ago. However, Washington is just on an incredible run, and it's difficult to see them losing any game. A matchup between Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos is always great, but Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will win this one. Final score prediction Washington Capitals win 5-3.
 

Pick:
Washington Capitals
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