Friday's NHL Playoff Free Pick

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Spread) – The Washington Capitals look to get off to a good start in their second round playoff series with Tampa Bay on Friday night when Game 1 takes place at 7PM ET.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Capitals –170 on the money line over the visiting Lightning, who are +156 on the ML. The over/under for tonight’s game is currently sitting at 5.5 goals.

Washington made short work of the New York Rangers in the first round, disposing of them in five games. The Capitals were the favorites in three of the five games and never had a money line below +100. Washington has won its last six games at home.

The Lightning beat Pittsburgh in seven games to reach the second round, winning their last three games of the series, including two on the road. Tampa won three times on the road with a money line of +110 or greater.

NHL Playoff Free Pick: Washington has been solid thus far and we like them in this series opener. According to latest NHL trends, the Lightning are 2-9 in their last 11 games in Washington and just 6-20 in their last 26 overall games with the Capitals. Washington has also won 20 of their last 26 against Eastern Conference opponents. The Caps seem to be the team to go with. Tampa beat a weakened Pittsburgh team, but the Caps are at full strength.

THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: WASHINGTON CAPITALS -170

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