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Washington vs Tampa Bay: Cruising Caps Host Hurting Bolts in The District

Washington vs Tampa Bay: Cruising Caps Host Hurting Bolts in The District

Washington Capitals: Clicking on all cylinders

Winners of three straight, plus earning points in 14 of their last 16 contests, has Washington running as one of the hottest teams in hockey. The Capitals and Dallas Stars are the only teams that have not lost back-to-back games this season and the Caps six loses is the lowest mark in the league. Though they have been good in any barn - Washington has posted a sparkling 12-3-1 record at home - where they have won six in a row. Producing a nice mix of scoring from three dangerous lines, and backed by rock solid goaltending, the Caps 22-6-2 record is three points up on Montreal, with three games in hand, in the Eastern Conference. Knock on wood but Washington is riding an amazing injury free streak.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Continue to battle through a rash of injuries

Struggling through two mediocre months, Tampa Bay went 5-5-2 in October and 6-6-1 in November, the Lightning have picked up the pace somewhat as they are 5-2-0 through seven games in December. Injuries, especially the loss of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palata and Jonathan Drouin have hurt as the Bolts 78 goals is 29 less than the 107 they potted through 32 games last season. While the points injured players produce are missed – production from stars like Steve Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov has also slipped while their set-up men spend time on the shelf. Following a 2-1 win in Columbus on Monday, and a 5-4 (OT) victory in Toronto on Tuesday, the Bolts close out a three-game road trip tonight.

Washington vs Tampa Bay NHL Prediction: Following 4-2 and 2-1 Washington wins, the Bolts and Caps clash for the final time this season tonight. Easily the early front-runner in the Vezina Trophy race, Braden Holtby (20-4-1 GAA 1.83) faces Ben Bishop (13-9-2 GAA 1.92) in the goaltending duel. Arriving as an elite NHL goaltender, Holtby has been brilliant allowing just 22 goals during his last 13 starts and the Caps are 12-0-1 during that stretch. Following a rough season start, but now covering for their lack of offense, Bishop has kept the Bolts in a lot of games lately as he’s allowed just 13 goals during his last ten starts. The Lightning are 0-4-0 during the last game of a road trip of three games or more this season. Shorthanded due to injuries - that dynamic certainly makes sense and deserves consideration. Cruise with the Capitals and a 500 unit wager on the money line odds posted at the SportsBetting.ag wagering website. Click the odds image below for instant NHL betting action.

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning – SportsBetting.ag NHL Wagering Lines

Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning – SportsBetting.ag NHL Wagering Lines

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