Tampa Bay Lightning (62-26-5) at Washington Capitals (58-28-9)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -141 / Tampa Bay Lightning +108 — Over/Under: 5.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost the first two games of the series while the Washington Capitals are two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 20 years as they face off for game three on Tuesday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning arrive into Tuesday nights matchup trailing by two games in the series. Inconsistent defense and lack of scoring has cost the Lightning the first two games of the series. The Lightning have allowed 11 goals already in just two games in the series. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 32 goals on 362 shots faced in the playoffs so far. The Tampa Bay Lighting have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 11 games.
The Lightning are looking for their star players to get it going in the series especially Nikita Kucherov, who has struggled in this series. Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with six goals, Steven Stamkos has eight assists and Tyler Johnson has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lighting are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 76.1 percent of their opponents power plays. The Lighting have scored three power play goals in seven opportunities in the series.
The Washington Capitals have won four straight games dating back to the last series against the Penguins. The Capitals have scored 11 goals in two games as their high scoring offense. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. The Capitals have scored three power play goals in seven opportunities in the series.
Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 10 goals, John Carlson has 11 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 45 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 27 goals on 367 shots faced in the playoffs so far. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 12 games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Tampa Bay’s last 22 games when playing Washington
Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington
Tampa Bay is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Washington
Washington is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Washington’s last 22 games when playing Tampa Bay
Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Washington is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
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This will be a tough, physical game for both teams as playoffs are on the line. The Tampa Bay Lightning will win this as they look to get their first win of the series. Look for them to capitalize on their power play chances as that will be the key to the game. The Lightning also need better play on 5 on 5 hockey in order to defeat the Capitals for game three.