Tampa Bay Lightning (56-13-4) vs Washington Capitals (43-23-7)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (Capital One Arena)
Moneyline: Tampa Bay -140 / Washington +120
Free ESPN NHL Pick Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Tonight, we get some much-anticipated primetime hockey as two top-ranked teams in the league hit the ice tonight in Capital one Arena. Nikita Kucherov and the powerhouse lightning take on Alex Ovechkin and top-ranked Washington Capitals.
The Washington Capitals are currently ranked at the top of the metropolitan division and are on quite the hot streak winning eight of their last ten games. One of the two most recent losses comes from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a tough 6-3 loss Saturday night. On the other hand, The lightning was at a slight advantage as they were on home ice in their matchup, for tonight’s matchup the roles are switched as they are playing on the Capital’s home ice.
While the odds may not be in their favor, the capitals are always in the run for a big win no matter the team because they have a powerful weapon, Alex Ovechkin. The 33-year-old Russian winger leads the team in goals (44) and points (82). Other quintessential pieces of the team include defensive man John Carlson who leads the team in assists (52) and RW TJ Oshie.
The Capitals have established themselves as the true powerhouse of the metropolitan division and you can never count them out of any matchup.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have established themselves as the top-dogs of the NHL early this season as they have been the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season. The team currently ranks not only at the top of their division but also at the top of the league standings.
When stating that this team is a true powerhouse, the team currently ranks in the top 5 in almost every team stat category. In fact, the team ranks first in goals for (3.85), Power play % (28.4%), and penalty kill percentage (85.7%). When talking about a team like this year’s lightning one phrase can simply describe them: well-rounded.
Approaching tonight’s matchup against the Capitals, the lightning looks to improve their win streak to six games in a row.
Cover The Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends
Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Washington is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington’s last 7 games at home
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 5-12 ATS in its last 17 games when playing Washington
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington
Free NHL Prediction Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals
Both of these teams approaching tonight’s matchup have established themselves as Stanley Cup contenders. With the streak, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been it hard to see them falling short in this one. With the amount of talent that both teams have this will be high energy and high scoring one. So my pick is the Lightning in a close one tonight.