Hockey betting odds handicappers know that the Washington Capitals are a top NHL gambling favorite to win the Stanley Cup but they are also a team with a dubious playoff history.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night in game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a starting time of 6:30 PM ET and a telecast on Versus. Be sure to open your Sports Gambling account and have it ready for side and total odds on all of the Stanley Cup playoff games.
This matchup marks a stark contrast in styles as the Caps have adopted a far more defensive posture than was the case last year while the Lightning were one of the most aggressive and wide open offensive teams in the league during the regular season.
The Lightning took the first two games of this series as they continue to provide plenty of board value in the NHL playoffs. What has been most surprising about Tampa Bay has been their defense in the playoffs as it was not considered a strength after finishing 22nd in the NHL for goals against in the regular season.
Washington cannot be breathing easy after blowing the first two games of this series at home and when you take into account their epic upset loss to Montreal last year the playoffs there are plenty of doubters amongst fans and handicappers who consider the Caps to be a team that chokes in the post season.
Alexander Ovechkin will be under intense pressure to produce and save the Caps in this series as he has been an outstanding regular season NHL betting asset that has not fully come through in the playoffs as has other superstars such as Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby in past years. Whether it is fair or not Ovechkin will get credit or blame for the results in this series.
Washington has been dominant with the hockey betting odds at Tampa Bay as entering this playoff series they had won 10 out of 12 games as a visitor against the Lightning as just 2 of the last 7 games of that span went over the total.