Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning - 8/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning - 8/3/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (41-20-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6)

NHL Hockey: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -125 / Washington Capitals +115 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Monday in NHL East Qualifying round robin action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Washington Capitals entered the NHL break splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 48 goals, John Carlson has 60 assists and T.J. Oshie has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 60 goals on 689 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 142 goals on 1,385 shots.

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the NHL break losing seven of their last 10 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 33 goals, Steven Stamkos has 37 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 133 goals on 1,605 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed 52 goals on 551 shots.

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The Capitals are 10-3 in their last 13 games as an underdog, 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 3-11 in their last 14 Monday games. The Lightning are 72-27 in their last 99 vs. Eastern Conference, 156-73 in their last 229 games as a favorite and 104-50 in their last 154 overall. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The over is 9-3 in Lightning last 12 overall. The Capitals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a few hiccups heading into the unexpected break, and you cashed some nice tickets if fading them during those struggles. The Washington Capitals have won six of the last eight meetings against the Lightning, and they've been money in the underdog role all season long. The bottom line here is this is a battle between two cup contenders and when you get either side with plus money, you usually take it based on the value.

Give me the Washington Capitals.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals +115

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