Tampa Bay Favored Over Washington
The Tampa Bay Lightning are riding a two-game losing streak ahead of their date with the Washington Capitals who also dropped two in a row. Something’s gotta give when this pair collides.
According to BetUS sportsbook, the balance tips in favor of the visitors. The Lightning are pegged as the firm road favorites over the Capitals at Capital One Arena for their highly anticipated clash on Wednesday night. Does the market have it right?
Find out as we preview this game and serve up choice NHL picks to spot.
Bolts Drop Two
The Tampa Bay Lightning saw a four-game winning streak end following a 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at home on the weekend. Most recently, they lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Tuesday night at Amelia Stadium.
On the back of these two losses, the Lightning slipped to a 5-4-1 record in their last ten games and a 43-19-7 mark on the season with 93 points.
The Lightning remain in third place in the Atlantic Division standings, three points behind the Leafs. If the NHL playoffs were to start today, the Lightning would certainly be in the frame as one of the top three seeds.
However, they’re tied with the Boston Bruins with 93 points. The Lightning can’t afford any missteps down the stretch as they jockey for position with the Leafs and Bruins in the playoff frame.
Tampa Bay Lightning Key stats:
- Tampa Bay is 2-4-0 ATS in its last six games
- Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last six games
- The total has gone OVER in four of Tampa Bay’s last five games
“It’s too bad cause you want to see where you’re at. I thought we kinda turned a corner a bit. Clearly, we haven’t.” #TORvsTBL
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 5, 2022
Washington Drops Two
The Washington Capitals are struggling to find consistent form as they drop two in a row ahead of this pivotal date with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Capitals lost badly in these games, succumbing to a 6-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes and then a 5-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
Washington currently sits fourth in the Metropolitan Division with a 37-22-10 record and 84 points. They’re 6-4-0 in their last ten games and a worrying 1-4 in their last five home games.
Washington Key Stats:
- Washington is 0-5-0 ATS in its last five games
- Washington is 2-4 SU in its last six games
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Washington’s last 13 games
CAPS TODAY: Since March 1 – a span of 14 games – the Capitals have killed 33 of 39 penalties and rank tied for third in the NHL in penalty kill percentage at 84.6%. More info on the #Caps penalty kill and Caps Clips at https://t.co/HecIC0ECg1 pic.twitter.com/OysdQ4SPeO
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) April 5, 2022
Lightning vs Capitals Head-to-Head
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals have played close in recent meetings. The Lightning leads the head-to-head series but by the slimmest of margins with a 5-4-1 record. The total is split down the middle in the last ten games. The Capitals, by contrast, are 5-2-3 in the last ten meetings with the Lightning.
The last three games were decided by a goal in Tampa Bay’s favor, including both games this season. The Lightning beat the Capitals 3-2 at Amelia Stadium on November 1, 2021, coming as the -140 home chalk for their backers at the sportsbook exchange. On October 16, 2021, the Lightning beat the Capitals 2-1 in the nation’s capital.
Lightning vs Capitals Game Information
- Game: Lightning (43-19-7) vs Capitals (37-22-10)
- Location: Capital One Arena, Washington
- Day/Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NHL.TV
Lightning vs Capitals Betting Lines
Lightning vs Capitals Prediction
Both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals will be gunning for a victory on Wednesday night. Oddsmakers might be tipping this game in favor of the visitors on the betting online board, but the hosts can’t be dismissed.
Tampa Bay has dominated this series of late, winning three, going back to last season. Washington will be desperate to avoid the sweep and with home advantage and a history of playing the Lightning close, this time things could swing their way. The Capitals were unlucky the first time these sides met, losing in overtime. The second meeting was also decided by a goal. For all intents and purposes, the Lightning might be the smart play, but the Capitals feel like the value play.