Stephen Nover's NHL Game of the Week
Washington vs. Tampa Bay,
12/03/2016 19:00 EDT,
Score: 1 - 2
Money Line: -108 Washington
So far Washington hasn't been the scoring machine it was last season. But the Capitals' problems right now pale in comparison to Tampa Bay. The Lightning have lost five of six, including four straight games surrendering 19 goals during this losing streak.
Washington's first line is playing well. The Lightning, by contrast, are without their star and captain injured Steven Stamkos.
The Capitals are in angry mood after being shut out at home by the Islanders, 3-0, two nights ago. Washington holds a big goalie edge with Braden Holtby especially if Tampa Bay goes with Ben Bishop, who is 1-6-1 career-wise against the Capitals.
Washington has outscored the Lightning by nine goals the past five times the teams have met, all of which have been Washington victories.