Preview: Lightning (17-10-2) vs Capitals (16-12-2)
Date: Tuesday, December 10th 2013
Tampa Bay Lightning – Ben Bishop
Washington Capitals – Braden Holtby
Grabovski scored on a penalty shot Sunday for his ninth of the season and 25th point in 30 games, nine more than he had in 48 games last season, and has points in four of his past five games (1-4-5). Ovechkin leads the League with 22 goals, two more than the Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues.
Anders Lindback started Saturday for the Lightning and stopped 34 shots. He’s given up two goals in each of his past two starts.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (lower body) did not travel with the team, but Cooper said he’s feeling better. Pierre-Cedric Labrie (upper body) may be cleared to play Tuesday. Mattias Ohlund (left knee surgery), Brian Lee (knee surgery), Tom Pyatt (broken collarbone), Steven Stamkos (right tibia surgery), Ryan Malone (broken ankle) and Keith Aulie (hand surgery) are all on injured reserve.
The Capitals are missing Jack Hillen (right tibia surgery), John Erskine (upper body), Michal Neuvirth (lower body) and Brooks Laich (groin).
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals Prediction
The Washington Capitals currently sit second in the Metropolitan Division and have a 3 point cushion over the 3rd place Rangers. To make this match-up more interesting with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Capitals are just two points behind the Bolts in the Eastern Conference for 5th place.
The Capitals’ high-octane offense – their 86 goals are seventh in the League and tied for second in the East – will be pitted against a Lightning team fifth in the East with a 2.41 goals-against average. But the Lightning’s offense has not been there since Stamkos broke his tibia.
The offense has dried up for the Lightning as expected and only averaging 2 goals or less since the Stamkos injury. They have only scored 13 in their past seven games.
With Stamkos still sidelined, Bishop is stepping up at the right time. Ben Bishop enters this game only allowing more than one goal once in his past five starts and no more than two since November 19th.
Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves Sunday for his first NHL victory in a Capitals uniform. In his second NHL start, Grubauer became the first Capitals goaltender to make at least 30 saves in his first League win since Michal Neuvirth on Feb. 14, 2009. He would be a decent start tonight against the Lightning, but Holtby is expected to start.
It’s not often I back a -145 money line home favorite in the NHL but with how the Capitals have been playing as of late it’s hard for me not to back them. Especially against a very depleted Lightning squad.
The Bolts have dried up on offense and I don’t expect them to find the back of the net tonight against a red-hot Capitals team who is home and looking to take 5th in the East and more this week. After tonight the Capitals will face the Panthers, Flyers twice and Hurricanes to end the week. All teams well below 8th in the East.
A perfect week for Washington to gain some ground in the Eastern Conference. Expect this money line to go upwards so grab it now before it’s too late.
Washington Capitals -145 to win $100
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