Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Capitals and Lightning. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN, and it’s hosted by the Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Get ready to place your bets! This Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Lightning are favored by -1.5 goals vs. the Capitals.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING BETTING PICK

The Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5

This game will be played at Amalie Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.

WHY BET THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING:

  • Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Lightning picking up a 4-3 win.
  • Take the Lightning on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Capitals (+1.5)

Is a Road Win Possible for the Capitals?

With a record of 25-21-8, the Capitals currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and 6th place in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, Washington has gone just 3-7 and they have lost three of their last five games.

On the road this season, the Capitals have gone 11-12-3, and they have won their last two road games. When playing as the underdog, Washington has gone 13-19-6 on the year.

Washington enters this game with a puck line record of 24-30 and a road puck line record of 11-15. So far this season, the Capitals have an average scoring margin of -0.6 goals per game, including 14 one-goal wins.

When looking at their last ten games, Washington’s puck line record is 4-6 and 4-6 in their last ten road games. Overall, the Capitals have been the underdog in 38 games, going 20-18 against the puck line as the underdog.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Washington is 5.7. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6. The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 23-29-2.

Through their last three road games, Washington has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Capitals are averaging 2.5 goals per game this season, putting them in the 30th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 29th in the league. Coming into the game, the Capitals have a 9-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 16-15.

Washington will be looking for a good game from Dylan Strome who leads the team in scoring with 21 goals, ranking 40th in the NHL. Strome also comes into the game with 18 assists.

Defensively, the Lightning are currently 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 13th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.

Goalie Charlie Lindgren gets the start and has made 24 starts this season. His record at this point is 11-8, and his save percentage is 0.675%.

Can the Lightning Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?

At home this season, the Lightning have gone 18-7-3, but they have lost two straight games at home. In the Eastern Conference, Tampa Bay is in 7th place and 4th in the Atlantic Division. Their overall record is 30-22-5, and they have gone 14-16 against other teams in the East. In games where they have been favored, the Lightning have gone 21-10-1 this season.

Over their last ten games, Tampa Bay has gone 6-4 and they have gone 3-2 over their last five games. For the season, they have gone 6-10 against other teams in their division, and they have lost two straight games overall.

At home this season, the Lightning have a puck line record of 17-11, and their average scoring margin per game is at +.8 goals. So far, Tampa Bay has been favored in 32 of their games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 15-17.

Overall, the Lightning have 21 wins by multiple goals, and their average scoring margin per game is at .0 goals. In their last ten home games, Tampa Bay has a puck line record of 6-4, and their puck line record for the season is at 29-28.

The average goal total for Tampa Bay’s games is sitting at 6.8. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Lightning come in with an over/under record of 26-27-4.

Although Washington has a straight up record of 2-1 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs. the puck line going 1-2. The team averaged 3 goals per game in these games.

When looking at their offense, the Lightning have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 5th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 18th in the league. This season, the Lightning have a 19-11 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 11-9 record.

Tampa Bay’s leading scorer is Nikita Kucherov. So far, he has 36 goals which is 4th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 58 assists so far.

In terms of defense, the Lightning head into the game ranked 15th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.7 shots per game against Tampa Bay. So far, they are 13th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has started 32 games this season. His current record stands at 19-13, and his save percentage is 0.783%.