The Tampa Bay Lightning (59-14-4) meet the Washington Capitals (45-24-8) on Saturday night at the Amalie Arena.
This is a game between this season’s Presidents’ Trophy winners and favourites for the Stanley Cup and the current defending Stanley Cup champions, so there will be considerable interest from many observers.
The Lightning’s incredible season continued on Monday evening, when they recovered from being 4-2 adrift going into the 3rd Period to beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 on home-ice.
The Lightning are averaging 3.88 Goals per Game, which puts them top in the overall NHL standings. They are allowing 2.64 Goals per Game at present (5th overall). With regards to individual players, Brayden Point has scored 40 goals for the Lightning, while Nikita Kucherov has contributed 83 assists.
The Capitals had a game on the road at the Carolina Hurricanes on the Thursday evening prior to this matchup, having beaten the same opposition 4-1 on home-ice on Tuesday evening.
The Caps are currently averaging 3.38 Goals per Game (5th overall), while defensively they are allowing 3.04 Goals per Game (18th). Alex Ovechkin leads the way with 49 goals for the Caps, while John Carlson has 54 assists to his name.
Predictions ahead of this game clearly have to take account of the incredible results of the Lightning this season. Given that the Lightning also have home-ice advantage and have benefited from a decent period for rest and recuperation since their last game, it’s impossible to go against them in terms of tips on the Money Line odds here.
Pick: Money Line – Tampa Bay Lightning