Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning
|Date & Time||Saturday March 30, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Tampa Bay Lightning -195 / Washington Capitals +155 -- O/U: 6
NBCS-Washington, SunSports, NHL
The Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning meet in NHL action from the Amalie Arena on Saturday night.
The Washington Capitals will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak after a 3-2 win over Carolina in their last outing. Carolina opened the scoring just 4:31 into the game before Brett Connolly tied the game just :42 later for the Caps, sending us to the 2nd tied at one where Carolina took the lead with the lone goal of the middle frame. Jakub Vrana opened the scoring early in the 3rd to tie the game before Nic Dowd gave the Capitals the lead for good late in the 3rd as Washington would hold on to ride that lead to the victory. Braden Holtby got the win to improve to 30-19-5 after stopping 24 of 26 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Tampa Bay Lightning come into this game rested after posting a 5-4 win over Boston in their last outing on Monday. Steven Stamkos opened the scoring early in the 1st before Boston tied the game just 1:48 later. Stamkos added his 2nd of the game with just over five minutes to go in the opening frame, giving the Bolts a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Boston pushed ahead 4-2 with 3 unanswered goals in the 2nd, before Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov and Anthony Cirelli responded with a trio of goals in the 3rd to give the Lightning the victory. Andrei Vasilevskiy got the win to improve to 37-9-4 after stopping 13 of 17 shots faced in the winning effort.
Washington is 12-4 in their last 16 games overall and 6-2 in their last 8 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. Tampa Bay is 40-12 in their last 52 home games and 42-10 in their last 52 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Washington is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with Washington is tempting considering how well the Caps have been playing lately. However, Washington can’t hold a torch to what Tampa Bay has done this whole season. The Lightning come into this game rested, full of confidence (as if they weren’t short of it already) after coming back to beat Boston and are chasing the record for the most wins in a season. The price isn’t pretty, but I see no other choice than to back the Lightning here.