The Lightning eliminated both the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins in five games while the Capitals took 4 in a row after a 0-2 start against the Blue Jackets and sent the Penguins home after 6. Now Tampa Bay will host game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final in a seven game series to vie for a chance to win the 2018 Stanley Cup Championship. The Vegas Odds favorite Tampa Bay Lightning have the home advantage in games 1 and 2 then will turn it over to the Capitals for games 3 and 4. Tampa Bay (-175) is coming off a 4 game winning streak against the Boston Bruins. The Lightning scored 17 goals in the seven game series. Andrei Vasilevsky has made 279 saves and allowed 22 goals in the playoffs. Nikita Kucherov had 6 goals and Point, Palat and Kilorn made 4 each out of the 35 betting odds playoff goal total for the Lightning. The Vegas odds makers favorite Tampa Bay Lightning is listed at -1 1/2(+160) and the road dog Washington Capitals listed at =1 1/2(-180). The game total at last glance was listed at 6(-110) for the over/under bettor.
Washington defeated the two time defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in six games but that didn't convince the betting odds makers that the Lightning will take a bow. In fact, the Capitals are listed at a moneyline of +165. Braden Holtby who manned the net for 11 playoff games allowed 23 goals and producted 288 saves. Grubauer held the post for 2 games allowing 8 goals on 49 shot attempts. Holtby is the favorite if you go by the expert pick stats. The Capitals have made 45 goals in the playoffs so far with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov at 8 and 7 each already. Gateway Park will host a viewing party for the home crowd who can't be in Florida for the game. The Eastern Conference final game can be seen at the Gate Way on a 40 foot screen or in person at Amalie Arena in Tampa at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, May 11, 2018.
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