Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview takes a close look at Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.

NHL Tips – Tampa Bay Lightning V Washington Capitals

10:00 (AEST) @ Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

History: Played 77: Capitals 45 V Lightning 32.

Last meeting: May 13, 2018: Capitals 6 d Lightning 2 at Amalie Arena.

It’s crunch time for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who trail the Washington Capitals 2-0 in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals after dropping their opening two games at home.

The Capitals kicked things off with a 4-2 victory in the first game, before romping in 6-2 in Game 2.

It’s been a disappointing start to the series for the Lightning after breezing past the Devils and Bruins 4-1 and winning seven of their previous eight games at home.

The Lightning had been dynamic on offence and defensively efficient to this point, but have acknowledged slow and tentative play has let them down against the Capitals.

They have won half of their last eight games on the road, though they are 3-1 away during these playoffs.

The Capitals downed the Blue Jackets and the Penguins by 4-2 series scorelines to reach this stage and are now just two wins away from their Stanley Cup Finals since losing to the Red Wings in 1998.

They have lost three of their six home games during the playoffs, but on the evidence of the opening two games the Capitals are stepping up to another level while the Lightning have stalled.

The teams met twice in D.C. during the regular season, with the Capitals prevailing 3-1 in November and the Lightning pegging one back 4-2 in February.

Teams with 2-0 leads in Conference Finals are 39-2 to make the Stanley Cup Finals since 1974-75, with no team overcoming a 2-0 deficit since 1991. Expect some improvement from the Lightning stemming from desperation, but the Capitals look good value to go three games up with regulation-time victory.

 

 

Tip: Match Result (Normal Time) – Capitals Win @ $2.30