Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 12/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning (17-12-4) at Washington Capitals (25-6-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals -120 / Tampa Bay Lightning +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in NHL action at the Capital One Center.

The Tampa Bay Lightning look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 28.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Steven Stamkos leads Tampa Bay with 13 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 24 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 68 goals on 742 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 29 goals on 284 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.

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The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 21 goals, John Carlson has 33 assists and T.J. Oshie has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 26 goals on 317 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 69 goals on 759 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 11 games.

The Lightning are 93-42 in their last 135 games playing on 1 days rest, 43-21 in their last 64 road games and 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games. The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 9-4 in their last 13 home games and 21-7 in their last 28 overall. The over is 5-2-1 in Lightning last 8 overall. The over is 16-5 in Capitals last 21 home games. The Lightning are 5-13 in the last 18 meetings in Washington and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The road team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

It's not often you get the Tampa Bay Lightning in an underdog role, so I can understand those who want to take advantage of these spots. However, the Lightning have also failed to live up to expectations and continue to struggle to strings wins together. The Washington Capitals remain the hottest team in the sport and have had no recent trouble winning on the end of back to backs. The Caps have also won five of the last seven meetings against the Lightning, including a 5-2 win on the road last week. Give me the home team.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -120

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