Tampa Bay Lightning (54-23-5) at Washington Capitals (49-26-7)
NHL: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST
Line and Odds: WSH -1.5/ ML: -120
Free NHL Pick Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals
The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost their first two games at home to open up the Eastern Conference Final against the Washington Capitals. Tampa Bay now has to go to the nation’s capital and try to steal a few games to even the series back up. It is a difficult task, but the Lightning have the complete team lineup to make it happen. Tampa Bay never had a chance in game one, they looked slow and unenthused the entire game. The Lightning were losing every loose-puck battle and were giving no help to their goaltender. Tampa’s offense finally came alive in game two, but it was too little, too late against this streaky Washington Capitals team. The Lightning need to come out of the gates swinging, and be sure to get that first goal on the road. By doing this, Tampa can take the Washington crowd out of it, and just worry about playing their game, and getting back in this series.
The Washington Capitals have won their first two games on the road against the Tampa Bay Lightning. There is no doubt that the Caps are riding this momentum wave from beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last round. Ovechkin looks like he will do anything and everything to advance to the next round and compete in the Stanley Cup Final. The offense is firing on all cylinders, and Braden Holtby has played out of his mind in the first two games so far. The Caps have been getting the early leads, but they can still improve on playing with those leads. The defense needs to keep their heads on swivels, especially against the depth of this Tampa Bay team. The Lightning’s goals come in waves, and Washington needs to be aware of that when playing with the lead. The Capitals are buzzing, and are very exciting to watch in this series.
Cover The Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends
- Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Washington is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
- Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- Washington is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Free NHL Prediction Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
For Tampa Bay, this is a crucial game to get on the road. If they do not get this one, they have to climb a mountain for the next four games in the series. The game turns to the favor of Washington, especially with their home crowd and the momentum that they have. The Capitals have played well, but the Lightning are good enough to make the adjustments they need to and claw back into the series by winning this crucial game three on the road.