Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals - 12/14/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (23-5-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (16-11-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -126 / Washington Capitals +114 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 21 goals, John Carlson has 33 assists and T.J. Oshie has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 84.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 24 goals on 289 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 66 goals on 738 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a statement win after splitting their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 29.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 13 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 23 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 61 goals on 681 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 29 goals on 284 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 games as an underdog, 6-0 in their last 6 games as a road underdog and 20-6 in their last 26 overall. The Lightning are 47-20 in their last 67 games playing on 1 days rest, 79-34 in their last 113 games as a home favorite and 39-17 in their last 56 home games. The under is 5-2 in Capitals last 7 road games. The over is 8-2-1 in Lightning last 11 home games. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 14-5-1 in the last 20 meetings in Tampa Bay and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
You can make a case for either of these teams for obvious reasons and the Capitals in the underdog role is always a tasty option. The Caps have also won four of the last six meetings against the Lightning. However, we've made a killing over the years just blindly backing the Tampa Bay Lightning on their home ice, as they're one of the more dominant home teams in recent memory and always show up in big games like this one. In a toss-up game between two red hot sides, give me Tampa on its home ice.