Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Las Vegas Odds, NHL Hockey Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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Washington at Tampa Bay, NHL Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, October 9, 2017
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN Washington, FSN Sun (Tampa Bay)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Puck Line Money Line Total
59-Washington Capitals +1½ -285 +107 Ov 5½ -109
60-Tampa Bay Lightning -1½ +240 -118 Ov 5½ -109
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The fans at Amalie Arena will be treated to a game between the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning when they take their seats on Monday.

ABOUT THE CAPITALS (2-0-0): Evgeny Kuznetsov has been a help and a beneficiary of Ovechkin’s scoring barrage with seven assists in the first two contests while fellow linemate Jakub Vrana has set up three tallies. Washington recorded just one of its 10 goals on the power play but has been perfect on the penalty kill, keeping opponents scoreless on nine attempts with the man advantage. Nathan Walker, who was born in Wales but grew up in Australia, scored a goal and received 11 minutes, 23 minutes of ice time in his NHL debut on Saturday as he became the first Australian ever to play in the league.

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (1-1-0): The line of Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov has combined for nine points in the first two games while Point and Ondrej Palat have teamed with Yanni Gourde to produce the same amount. Rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev has made an impression in his first two games by registering five shots while playing with the veteran Anton Stralman, who has posted a plus-3 rating in the early going. The Lightning had 13 giveaways in Saturday’s 5-4 loss at Florida, and Norris Trophy finalist Victor Hedman was credited with four of them.

Oddsmakers opened the Capitals as -109-moneyline favorites versus the Lightning, while the game’s total opened at 5.5.

Captain Alex Ovechkin has produced an emphatic answer to his lowest-scoring full season since 2010-11 and hopes to continue his offensive surge when the Washington Capitals visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. Ovechkin followed up a hat trick in the season opener with four more goals in a 6-1 victory over Montreal on Saturday and has netted 41 tallies in 63 career games against Tampa Bay.

“I think the biggest thing is, Alex is skating and he’s getting to those pucks, and his shot is undeniable,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters of Ovechkin, who scored 33 goals in 2016-17. “When he’s moving his feet, you just need that space.” Ovechkin may be able to add to his total against the Lightning, who have given up eight goals in their first two contests – both against Florida. Brayden Point is off to a fast start for Tampa Bay after a strong finish to the 2016-17 season with five points, while captain Steven Stamkos has contributed three assists in his return from knee surgery. The Lightning’s best player in the first two games has been Andrei Vasilevskiy, who turned aside 76 of the 84 shots he faced and gave his struggling team a chance to win both contests.

The Lightning were a 5-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at -104 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Washington was a 6-1 winner in its last match at home against the Canadiens. They won as favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

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Team record: 2-0-0 SU
Washington is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games

Tampa Bay:
Team record: 1-1-0 SU
Tampa Bay is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games

Next up:
Washington home to Pittsburgh Wednesday, October 11
Tampa Bay home to Pittsburgh Thursday, October 12

NHL Hockey Tips

1. The Capitals have earned at least a point in eight straight games (7-0-1) against the Lightning, outscoring them 10-4 last season.

2. Point has registered seven goals and five assists in his last seven NHL contests dating back to last season.

3. Washington RW Thomas Wilson will serve the third contest of his four-game suspension for an illegal hit.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Washington Capitals will win outright at +107 and the game will go over 5½ goals according to scamdicappersscamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Capitals 5, Lightning 3 at .

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