NHL Eastern Conference Finals - Game 4 Free Pick

Like the kids say: "It's on like Donkey Kong" in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals. After the Washington Capitals went on the road and won the first two games of the series, the Tampa Bay Lightning came back with a dominating 4-2 win on Tuesday to make the series 2-1. Now, the Lightning will look to even it up on Thursday.

The Lightning saw Steven Stamkos get the team on the board in the first period, and they cruised from there. Washington made it 3-1 at one point, but just six minutes laster, the Lightning regained their three goal lead. Now, the teams will duke it out on Thursday with the Washington Capitals as a very small favorite, at -110.

Washington Capitals

Braden Holtby has been pretty solid between the pipes all season. In the regular season, the dude allowed 2.99 goals per game, and had a 91% save percentage. Now, in the postseason, Holtby has been fantastic. In the series win against the Penguins, he held Pittsburgh to just a single goal in the Game 6 elimination win.

T.J. Oshie has been a big asset for the Capitals in the postseason, but if you are talking Washington offense, it starts and stops with Alex Ovechkin. The Russian stud recorded 2 points in the Game 2 win. In the Pittsburgh series, Ovechkin had an assist in the clincher and 7 points total in the series. Evgeny Kuztetsov has also had a big postseason, including 6 points this series.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Steven Stamkos scored his 6th goal of the postseason on a power play. Washington knows they need to keep the Lightning away from the extra man advantage as they allowed two scores from Tampa Bay during the power play. Stamkos in the postseason has recorded a point in 6 straight games. He's got 3 goals and 2 assists in this series already

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been one of the best goaltenders in the postseason. In the Game 3 win, he recorded 36 saves. Vasilevskiy struggled in the first two games, allowing a total of 10 goals. That came after allowing just over 2.33 per game in the series against Boston. Tampa Bay has eliminated the Devils and Bruins so far this postseason.

Washington Moves One Step Away

Look for a better Washington Capitals team. Sure, there is a lot of talk about how Washington cannot win the big one. How the Capitals have choked in the postseason before. How Washington is not ready to reach the Stanley Cup. This franchise knows it's now or never. Alex Ovechkin is not getting any younger. While he is still really good, the clock is ticking.

Look for an inspired Washington Capitals team in this game. The Caps know they let their home fans down in Game 3. Washington gets on top early and comes away with one of their biggest wins in franchise history on Thursday. Betting the Washington Capitals -115 over the Tampa Bay Lightning seems to be the smart bet on Thursday.