Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 11/29/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tampa Bay Lightning (12-8-2) at Washington Capitals (17-4-5)
NHL Hockey: Friday, November 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals / Tampa Bay Lightning --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals meet Friday in NHL action at the Capital One Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after winning six of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 32.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with eight goals, Victor Hedman has 16 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 53 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 42 goals on 465 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 21 goals on 236 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 15 goals, John Carlson has 28 assists and T.J. Oshie has 49 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 21 goals on 239 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 50 goals on 545 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Lightning are 7-3 in their last 10 Friday games, 41-20 in their last 61 road games and 60-27 in their last 87 overall. The Capitals are 14-5 in their last 19 overall, 7-3 in their last 10 home games and 38-14 in their last 52 Friday games. The over is 7-1 in Lightning last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 14-3 in Capitals last 17 home games. The Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington. The road team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The over is 23-10-4 in the last 37 meetings. The under is 3-1-3 in the last 7 meetings in Washington.
The road team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals, and Tampa Bay seems to have found its footing at this point in the season. However, the Washington Capitals have been one of the more consistent teams in the league and aren't a club I'm trying to step in front of right now. At home and in a statement spot, I'll side with the Washington Capitals to get the job done.