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TAMPA, FL (TheSpread) – The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals square off on Monday as two of the best in the NHL collide. Here is my pick for tonight’s game.

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Tampa Bay is 37-21-7 on the season and 21-8-4 at home. The Lightning are fifth in the East with 81 points, just a point behind Washington for first in the Southeast Division. Tampa has lost 6 of its last 10.

Washington is 36-20-10 on the year and 17-12-3 on the road. The Capitals are third in the East with 82 points, four behind Philadelphia for the conference lead. The Capitals have won 7 of their last 10.

Oddsmakers from online sportsbook Sportsbook.com have given Tampa Bay betting odds of -123 for today’s game while Washington has odds of +114. 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, 7PM ET (View Matchup)

Washington has won 9 of the last 11 games in Tampa and 20 of the last 27 overall meetings with the Lightning. Despite having a solid record at home, my pick is not with Tampa. My pick is Washington as they are on a roll right now and the Lightning have hit a rough patch. I will take the underdog that has been playing better hockey.

NHL FREE PICK: WASHINGTON CAPITALS +114

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