Hockey Betting – Top Teams in Southeast Battle as Capitals host Lightning

The top two teams in the Southeast Division meet in Thursday hockey betting as the Washington Capitals host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Two of the top scorers in the league will be on the ice as Tampa’s Steven Stamkos leads the league with 24 points while Washington’s Alex Ovechkin is not far behind.  The Capitals are solid favorites in NHL hockey betting at Sbg global since they are at home.

Tampa Four Points Back
The Lightning is four points behind Washington in the division.  Tampa continues to play well led by Steven Stamkos. He scored twice on Tuesday as the Lightning beat Toronto. Stamkos now lead the league in goals scored with 13. He has a point in 12 of Tampa Bay's 14 games this season. Last year, Stamkos tied Sidney Crosby for the goal scoring lead with 51 goals.

Red-Hot Capitals
The Caps have won five straight, the latest being a 5-3 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. The Capitals have been virtually unbeatable at home this season going 7-1. Washington leads the league in goals scored and they are also decent in goals allowed as they are 9th best.  The Capitals could continue their winning streak as they have games coming up against Buffalo and Atlanta and neither of those two teams is doing anything.

Thursday Hockey Betting Trends
The Lightning is 9-2 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference. The Lightning is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the Southeast. The Lightning is 13-27 in their last 40 Thursday games. The Capitals are 45-14 in their last 59 vs. the Southeast. The Capitals are 37-14 in their last 51 home games. The Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games. The biggest trend for this game is in the series history.  The Lightning is 5-17 in the last 22 meetings against Washington and they are 1-7 in NHL hockey betting in the last 8 meetings in Washington.

Under or Over?
The Under is 4-1 in Tampa’s last 5 overall. The Over is 4-1 in hockey betting in the Capitals last 5 overall. The Under is 5-2 in the Capitals last 7 vs. the Southeast. Perhaps the deciding factor in deciding which way to go is the series history. 10 of the last 14 meetings between the two teams in Washington have gone over the total.