Lightning vs. Capitals Prediction
The Tampa Bay Lightning have struggled to get to the level they were at last season through their first 22 games. Can Tampa Bay record a big road win today at the Washington Capitals?
Friday, November 29, 2019
Capital One Arena at 5:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Capitals are a -120 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Lightning are a +100 underdog, while the total sits at 6.5 goals. As of Friday morning, 68 percent of public bets are siding with host Washington. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Lightning fall to Blues
Tampa Bay lost at home by a 4-3 score against St. Louis Wednesday night to drop to 12-8-2 on the season. Nikita Kucherov gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at the 16:07 mark of the second period off an assist by Brayden Point. The Blues scored the next two goals, but Anthony Cirelli evened it at 2-2 with 8:21 remaining in the second off assists from Ryan McDonagh and Kucherov. St. Louis took a 4-2 advantage in the third period, while Tampa Bay got one back on a Point power play goal with 5:37 left on assists courtesy of Kucherov and Kevin Shattenkirk. Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 33 shots in the defeat.
Caps skate past Panthers
Washington earned a 4-3 home win Wednesday night over Florida to improve to 17-4-5 on the season. Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead with 2:03 left in the first period on an assist from Evgeny Kuznetsov. The Panthers tied it at 1-1 in the second period, but Washington answered with a Richard Panik goal with one minute left in the second on an assist by Jonas Siegenthaler. Florida tied the score again 22 seconds later. The Capitals went ahead 3-2 on a Lars Eller goal with 14:42 remaining on an assist courtesy of Jakub Vrana. Brendan Leipsic extended the advantage to 4-2 with 8:01 left on assists from Radko Gudas and Siegenthaler. The Panthers cut their deficit back to one goal a few minutes later but were unable to find the equalizer. Braden Holtby allowed three goals on 40 shots in the winning effort.
NHL Betting Trends
The Lightning are 5-1 in their last six games as an underdog. Tampa Bay is 54-17 in its last 71 games versus the Eastern Conference.
The Capitals are 14-5 in their last 19 games. Washington is 42-20 in its last 62 games versus the Eastern Conference.
Washington has not been quite as dominant lately as it was earlier in the season and while Tampa Bay is having difficulty finding consistent traction, I think it will be properly motivated here and the talent is there on the Lightning roster to win any game. This looks like a good spot for the Lightning as long as they stay disciplined at the back end. Go with the visitors here.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING +100