Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Lightning and Capitals. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on BSSU, and it's hosted by the Capitals at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Get ready to place your bets! The Lightning are favored in this Eastern conference showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 6 goals.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING VS WASHINGTON CAPITALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington Capitals +1.5

This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Capitals to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Capitals on the moneyline (+115)
  • The Capitals are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Are Tampa Bay Ready for a Road Win?

Through 34 games, the Lightning have achieved an overall record of 16-13-5. When on the road, Tampa Bay holds a 6-10-2 record, while they are 10-3-3 when playing at home. This record has them sitting 4th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 9th in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, Tampa Bay are 17-17. When playing on the road against the puck line, they are 7-11, while their overall home performance is 10-6. This season, Tampa Bay's games have an average of 6.9 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.5. The Lightning come in with an over/under performance of 16-16-2.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Tampa Bay has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

The Lightning come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 4th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 8th in the league. The Tampa Bay offense is ranked 1st in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 30th in the NHL.

Tampa Bay's leading scorer is Nikita Kucherov. So far, he has 23 goals which is 3rd in the NHL. Kucherov also comes into the game with 34 assists.

Defensively, the Capitals come into the season ranked 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 31 shots per game against Washington. For the season, they are ranked 17th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy comes into the game having made 12 starts this season. So far, his record is 7-5 and he has a save percentage of 0.5204081632653061%.

Will the Capitals Pull Through as the Home Underdog?

Facing the Lightning, the Capitals have a record of 17-9-4 so far. At home, their record is 9-4-2 and 8-5-2 on the road. This record has them sitting 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 5th in the Eastern conference.

In terms of the puck line, Washington posted a 13-17 record. On the road they are 7-8 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 6-9. This season, Washington's games have an average of 5.3 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.2. The Capitals come in with an over/under performance of 9-20-1.

When looking at their past three home matchups, Washington has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

The Capitals come into the game scoring an average of 2.4 goals per game, putting them 31st in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. The Capitals went 5-3 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 12-6.

Washington's current leading scorer is Dylan Strome. This season, he has 13 goals, which puts him 42nd in the NHL. Strome also comes into the game with 7 assists.

The Capitals defense is currently 24th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31 shots per game against Washington. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 17th with 2 shutouts.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper gets the start and has made 16 starts this season. His record at this point is 8-6, and his save percentage is 0.6836734693877551%.