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NHL Pick: Capitals vs. Lightning Betting Odds from Larry Ness: October 9th 2017

Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL Pick: TB -106 odds (October 9th 2017)
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The set-up: The Capitals have been best-known for great regular seasons followed by early playoff exits and that was the case again last season. Tampa Bay advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference finals two years ago but last season finished 42-30-10 and with 94 points, just missed the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Caps have opened 2-0, with captain Alex Ovechkin following up a hat trick in the season opener by scoring four goals in the team’s second game. The Lightning won Friday night at home 5-3 over the Panthers in their season-opener but then lost the next night in Miami, 5-4.

Evgeny Kuznetsov has seven assist in two games (he can thank Ovechkin) while fellow linemate Jakub Vrana has set up three goals. Washington may have just one power play goal but its penalty killing unit has thwarted all nine man-advantage opportunities by the opposition. As expected, goalie Braden Holtby has been solid with a 2.40 GAA with 66 saves in the first two games.

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos made his first regular-season appearance in almost 11 months this past weekend and came away with three assists in the two games. Brayden Point is off to a fast start with five points. Despite carrying eight defensemen (that means two ‘sit’ each game), the Lightning have allowed 84 shots on goaltender Andrei Vasilevski. He has turned aside 76 of the shots, keeping his team in both games.

The Capitals have earned at least a point in eight straight games (7-0-1) against the Lightning, outscoring them 10-4 last season. However, Washington’s fast start, especially Ovechkin’s, seems too much. Expect the Caps and Ovechkin to ‘come back to earth’ in this one. Take the home team.

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