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Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: Who Survives Game 7?

Posted by: Mike Davis

Only one survives in tonight’s Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 7 NHL hockey betting matchup. Both teams will be vying for blood and it’s definitely one matchup that you won’t want to miss. Will Wednesday’s teaser sports betting predict a contentious matchup or a more lopsided finish?

Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning – Wednesday, May 23rd    

Series: Game 7 || Tied 3-3

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida

TV: NBC

Stream: NBC Extra, NHL TV

NHL Hockey Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Capitals +1½ (-240) 5½ (+110) +125
Lightning -1½ (+200) 5½ (-130) -145
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Washington Capitals  

Washington is coming off a 3-0 win in Game 6 and will be looking to take that momentum into tonight’s matchup. Nevertheless, that 3-0 triumph over Tampa Bay happened in Washington, so the Capitals might struggle to pull out the win this evening. However, Games 1 and 2 of this series were held in Tampa Bay. In the end, the Caps won both of those contests 4-2 and 6-2 respectively. Notwithstanding those results, the Lightning managed to take Game 5 3-2 in Tampa. Because these results were more recent, it makes sense for Wednesday’s NHL hockey betting odds to side against Washington.

Players to Watch: Evgeny Kuznetsov (11 G, 12 A, 23 PTS), Alex Ovechkin (11 G, 10 A, 21 PTS), and Nicklas Backstrom (3 G, 12 A, 15 PTS).

Tampa Bay Lightning  

Facing elimination in Game 7, the Lightning are grateful to be playing at home. Throughout most of this year’s playoffs, the Lightning have played very well at home.  Tonight’s odds are pegging the Lighting as the favorites, despite the fact that they’re coming off a shutout loss. Granted, before that loss, Tampa Bay had managed to string three straight wins over the Capitals. NHL betting pundits have been critical of the Lightning’s performance in this series. Although Tampa Bay has been able to force a Game 7, they haven’t shown their best. All in all, tonight’s matchup gives them an opportunity to truly strut their stuff.

Players to Watch: Nikita Kucherov (7 G, 10 A, 17 PTS), Brayden Point (7 G, 9 A, 16 PTS), and Steven Stamkos (7 G, 9 A, 16 PTS).

Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 12 of Washington’s last 17 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
  • Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
  • Washington is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games when playing Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games when playing Washington
  • Tampa Bay is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Washington
Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Picks

So which side should sportsbook betting players take in this Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning matchup? This matchup is definitely a tossup. However, considering the odds, it’s probably best to stick with Washington on this one. They may be on the road, but the Caps come in with some momentum. On top of that, they’ve already beaten Tampa Bay at home twice in this series. Sign up today to make this NHL postseason prediction!

Score Prediction: 2-1 Washington. The Caps advance with a road win.

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