Bet Jamaica NHL Preview — Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals

by Dirty on March 4, 2010

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals will meet on the ice at Verizon Center on Thursday in a battle of division rivals.

Oddsmakers currently have the Capitals listed as 285-moneyline favorites versus the Lightning, while the game’s total is sitting at 6½.

Claude Giroux scored twice on Tuesday night as the Flyers rolled to a 7-2 win over the Lightning.

The Flyers were winners as -130 road favorites in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the night’s posted total (5.5).

The Capitals scored twice in the fourth quarter and came away with a 3-1 victory over the Sabres on Wednesday, as -140 favorites. The teams played UNDER the posted over/under (6).

Jason Cimera, Mike Green, and Boyd Gordon scored for the Capitals. Joe Theodore stopped 23 shots in the victory.

Current streak:
Tampa Bay has lost 4 straight games.

Team records:
Tampa Bay: 26-25-11
Washington: 42-13-8

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Washington most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Calgary are 4-6
After playing Buffalo are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tampa Bay’s last 12 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tampa Bay’s last 12 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Washington is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing Tampa Bay
Washington is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay home to Atlanta, Saturday, March 6
Washington home to NY Rangers, Saturday, March 6

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