Friday's NHL Prediction

2011 NHL Picks and Predictions Capitals Lightning

TAMPA, FL (TheSpread) – The Washington Capitals look to inch closer to the Tampa Bay Lightning when the two meet on Friday night. Here is a breakdown of my pick for this game.

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Washington is 27-15-10 on the season and 11-10-3 on the road. The Capitals have scored 142 goals and allowed 132. Washington has lost 7 of its last 10 games.

Tampa Bay is 32-15-5 on the season and 17-4-2 at home. The Lightning have scored 158 goals and allowed 154. Tampa has won 7 of the last 10 games.

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have given Tampa Bay betting odds of -126 for tonight’s game while Washington has betting odds of +116. The over/under for goals scored has been set at 5.5. Here is a look at the trends and my pick for tonight’s game.

Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30PM ET (View Matchup)

The Capitals have won 19 of their last 26 games against the Lightning and 8 of their last 10 in Tampa Bay. Despite that, Washington is 0-6 in their last 6 against a team with a winning record and 1-5 in their last 6 on two days rest. My pick goes with Tampa Bay as Washington seems to underachieve, especially on the road. Tampa Bay has been very strong at home and I like them to win tonight.

NHL FREE PICK: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING -126

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