NHL sports betting expectations are still high for the Washington Capitals despite their being one of the more inconsistent betting NHL commodities on the board so far in 2010-11.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night with a telecast on Versus set for 7:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this big Southeast Division showdown that will have major playoff implications so be sure and open your account today.
Tampa Bay had a record of 25-12-3-2 with the hockey gambling odds and was in first place in the Southeast Division ahead of Washington who was closing fast. It has been a phenomenal first year for president Steve Yzerman who arrived from Detroit with the task of saving the franchise. Tampa Bay ranked 8th in the NHL for goal scoring but was 26th for goals against.
Center Steven Stamkos was off to a phenomenal start with 31 goals and 26 assists. The Lightning were highly effective at home with a record of 12-3-1-1 and went over the total in 9 of their first 17 home games. Tampa paid out in 6 of 8 games from December 23 through January 8.
Washington was 24-12-3-3 overall with the hockey lines and was 9-8-1 on the road with 15 of their first 18 away games going under the total. The Caps ranked 10th in goal scoring and a much improved 7th for goals against. Washington won 6 of 8 games from December 19 through January 8 with just 1 of those games going over the total. Alexander Ovechkin led the Caps with 44 points.
Washington has dominated this NHL sports betting series with 17 wins in the last 20 matchups including 5 of the last 7 overall. The Caps and Lightning have gone under the total in 4 of their last 5 meetings. Washington has won 7 of their last 8 trips to Tampa Bay with just 3 of those games going over the total.
Washington has won 2 of the 3 matchups between the teams this year as 2 of the games went under the total with all 3 games having been played in Washington.