The NHL Eastern Conference Championship Team will be crowned after 60 minutes of play on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 or overtime if the score is tied after three periods. The vegas odds makers favorite Tampa Bay Lightning (-145) was shut out by Braden Holtby with 24 saves, his first of the season. Holtby is 2-4 when he has made it to game 7. Holtby is not the only player on the Capitals who will need to play hard defense and keep shots on goal at a minimum. The Capitals (+125) outhit the Lightning 39-19 and shot 10 more during game 6. Ovechkin, Wilson and Oprik will look to repeat their grueling hits on the Lightning in order for a shot at the Stanley Cup Finals. The Vegas odds makers favorite Tampa Bay Lightning is listed at -1 1/2(+200) and the road dog Washington Capitals at +1 1/2(-240). The game total is listed at 5 1/2(+105)o and 5 1/2(-125)u for the over/under bettor.
Andrei Vasilevsky has the net for the LIghtning. Vasilevsky ha 31 saves for the Lightning and continues to perform with greatness. Braden Point has scored 6 playoffs points against the Capitals. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 7 goals, 10 assists and 17 points. Kucherov needs to play harder in game 7. The Lightning team has not scored in almost 100 minutes of play and game 6 was their first shut out of the playoffs.
Tampa Bay will host the Washington Capitals for game 7 with a face-off at 8:00 p.m. ET. Can the Atlantic #1 Lightning defeat the Metro #1 Capitals for a chance at the Golden Knights? Time to make your bet is running out.
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