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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals Game 3 Sports Betting Preview

Posted by: Mike Davis
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals NHL Playoffs Betting Preview for Game 3

The Eastern Conference Finals are well underway. So far, the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals series has been all Washington. Heading into Game 3, the Caps are proudly sporting a 2-0 deficit against the Lightning. Will Tuesday’s teaser sports betting odds predict another decisive win for Washington? Let’s take an NHL sports betting look.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals – Tuesday, May 15th   

Series: Game 3 || Washington Leads 2-0

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC


Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV

NHL Sports Betting Online Odds:


Lightning +1½ (-290) 6 (-110) -105
Capitals -1½ (+245) 6 (-110) -115
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Tampa Bay Lightning   

Tuesday night’s NHL sports betting odds may be predicting a close contest, but the Lightning have certainly been outmatched by the Capitals so far in this series. In fact, Tampa Bay has been outscored 10-4 in the series. That’s quite a staggering difference. What’s worse is the fact that both games 1 & 2 took place in Tampa Bay. With the series now heading to Washington, the Lightning are in danger of being swept. Tampa Bay had found plenty of success at home against other opponents but it seems that Washington proved too much. All in all, Tuesday’s odds are very questionable.

Players to Watch: Nikita Kucherov (6 G, 8 A, 14 PTS), Steven Stamkos (5 G, 8 A, 13 PTS), and Brayden Point (5 G, 7 A, 12 PTS).

Washington Capitals

The Capitals must be ecstatic to open up the series 2-0. Now with things headed towards Washington, the Caps should be able to close out the series fairly comfortable. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Washington deliver the sweep. However, Washington is far from being undefeated at home in this postseason. So far, they’re 3-3 at home. But even if Washington only wins one out of Games 3 and 4, they’re still in an excellent position to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Players to Watch: Alex Ovechkin (10 G, 9 A, 19 PTS), Evgeny Kuznetsov (8 G, 11 A, 19 PTS), and John Carlson (3 G, 11 A, 14 PTS).

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals Betting Predictions


  • Tampa Bay is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 17 of Tampa Bay’s last 25 games on the road
  • Washington is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 15 of Washington’s last 22 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals Betting Picks

So which team should betting sportsbook players favor in Game 2 of this Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics championship series? All in all, it’s probably safer to side with Washington here. Although the Caps don’t have that great of a streak at home in these playoffs, they still come in with a heap of momentum. Sign up today to make this NHL postseason prediction!

Score Prediction: 5-4 Washington. The Capitals take a 3-0 series lead at home. Tampa Bay will cover the spread and the TOTAL will be OVER this evening.