That was not how it was supposed to go for the Tampa Bay Lightning. In what was an opportunity to take advantage of what they worked for in the regular season, home ice advantage, the Lightning were unable to seize the chance in Tampa at home. Now with their backs against the wall in D.C., they’ll need to find a way to get the series going in their own direction. As it stands now, the Caps are -360 to win the series. If you feel that the Lightning have a chance to make a comeback, you are getting a nice price of +290. However, those odds look attractive for a reason, it’s not going to be an easy way back for the Lightning. The Capitals’ leader, Alexander Ovechkin, is severely out playing his counterpart, Steven Stamkos. I didn’t think we’d see a repeat performance like that from the Lightning, but they were outplayed again and gave up a goal right out of the hopper 30 seconds in.
The Caps didn’t need the home crowd to get them amped up. Conversely, the Lightning looked like they were on the road and not interested in playing a hockey game for the second consecutive game. The series shifts to D.C. and this series could be done before the Lightning knew it began. Stamkos? It’s time to wake up and get this team going in the right direction. Ovechkin has long been viewed as a guy who can get it done in the regular season but fade away in the playoffs. That’s not the case this year. But Stamkos, in a way, is getting a bit of a free pass. For a player who is regarded as one of the best, Stamkos doesn’t exactly shine in the playoffs. It’s still a series, though, but they must win tonight. There is no coming back from three down. Get our free Lightning vs. Capitals Game 3 pick below.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals Game 3 Pick
All it could take is a fortunate bounce for the Lightning to get going, but they’re going to need something. The difference between the Capitals now and the Capitals then can be found in the goaltending. Note that Braden Holtby did not start Game 1 and 2 against the Jackets. Since he’s been starting, the Caps have been playing excellent hockey. They have compiled a record of 10-2 since the quick switch to Holtby. The Capitals are playing like a team that was expected to play like this in the playoffs ever since Ovechkin came into the league. Better late than never.
The Caps are 1st in the playoffs with 3.79 goals per game. Considering how they’re playing, no surprise there. Tampa are 5th with 3.25 goals per. However, the struggle for them has been getting their defence in order. Of all the remaining teams, the Lightning are last with 2.92 goals allowed per game. That’s not a formula for a Stanley Cup, with the other three teams easily ahead of the Lightning in that regard. Vasilevskiy hasn’t been great but how many more odd man rushes can this defence allow? The Caps are a dangerous transition team, but most of all, no one is moving for the Lightning. I would look at the Caps to get it done again, forcing the Lightning on the brink of elimination.