NHL Free Pick – Capitals vs Lightning Betting Preview
Tonight we focus on Semi-Final Eastern Conference action with our NHL Free Pick featuring a Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning betting preview. The action on the ice, and at the online sports betting windows, will be fast and furious so get in the game today!
NHL Free Pick – Capitals vs Lightning Betting Preview: Washington made it out of the 2011 NHL Eastern Conference opening round first and will see more playoff action tonight against the white-hot Tampa Bay Lightning after a lengthy period of five days’ rest.
It is the first of two games on the NHL schedule for Friday, April 29, 2011, beginning at 7:00 PM ET from the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.
Series Set Up: Tampa Bay @ Washington
Steve Stamkos will replace Sidney Crosby as the main antagonist to Ovechkin in this huge Eastern Conference series, the first between the two teams since the pair became their respective franchise stars.
The Capitals won four of the six regular season meetings, starting with the first two, but that was before Dwayne Roloson was traded to Tampa Bay. The Lightning took the next two after the trade, but fell in the final couple, one by shootout.
The Bolts will use Hart Trophy finalist Martin St. Louis to lead the offensive surge while relying on the solid backstopping of Dwyane Roloson, who led all first round goalies with .949 save percentage.
NHL Betting Odds – Washington vs Tampa Bay – Free Pick
Check the SportsInteraction online sportsbook for the latest betting lines on the first match-up of this series.
Washington’s rest will outweigh any rust, especially at home, and ace goaltender Michal Neuvirth (eight goals against in first series) still looks in top form.
Pick Washington to cover the -1.5 (+160) on the puck line!