GAME 1 PREVIEW OF EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS – NHL PLAYOFFS 2018!
NHL CONFERENCE FINALS “SERIES” PRICES:
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (-$190) vs. WASHINGTON CAPITOLS (+$165) to WIN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
WINNIPEG JETS (-$140) vs. LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (+$120) to WIN WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
GAME 1: (EASTERN CONF): @ TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (-$180) vs. WASH CAPS * TOTAL: (6)
GAME 1: (WESTERN CONF): @ WINNIPEG JETS (-$145 OFFSHORE) vs. (-$130 VEGAS) * TOTAL (6)
Let’s take a look into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals: Caps @ Lightning
Tampa Bay won both of it’s first 2 Series in 5 games. The Caps won both of it’s Series in 6 games. The Caps surprisingly are (5-1) on the Road this Playoffs season, just (3-3) at Home. Tampa Bay won 2 of the 3 meetings during the Regular Season against the Capitols. The scores were 4-3, 3-1 and 4-2. In the 3 games they met up, Tampa was (3-10) on the Power Play and Washington was (3-9).
The Capitols are 2nd in Playoffs on Power Play scoring, with (13-42) so far, (31%). The Lightning is 4th, hitting (26.3%). On the Power Play Kill, Washington is stopping at (80%) clip, and Lightning (76%) clip.
Tampa Bay was not a “Physical” team during the Regular season, but they have become one this Playoffs, so far. They were able to beat the Bruins without dominant play from it’s #1 Offensive Line, and it’s two top scorers, Kuchenov and Stamkos.
Usually the main reason a team has made it this far in the Playoffs is Goalie play that has been either very good or fantastic in most cases. Lightning Goalie Vasilevskiy has been sensational, allowing only (2.24) goals per game, down from his regular season of (2.99). He also has a superb (.943) save percentage on even strength time. He is tied for best in NHL in Shutouts with (8) this season. The Caps Goalie, Holtby, didn’t start Playoffs as #1 Goalie, as he was #37 rated Goalie this year, with no shutouts in 65 games in net. He has played very well of late, after a little rocky start.
The Capitols finally made it to this coveted Conference Finals, after losing the past 2 seasons to the eventual Stanley Cup Champs, Pittsburgh. Star Alex Ovechkin, led league with (49) goals, and has 8 goals and 7 assists in 12 Playoffs games so far. He will get back one of his 2 line mates on the #1 line, Wilson, for this game (been suspended last 3 games).
Tampa Bay’s #1 Offensive Line (Stamkos, Miller and Kucherov) has been just average so far in the Playoffs, scoring only 4 goals in 10 Playoff games during even strength time on the Ice. Their #2 O-line, (Point, Johnson, Palat) have fared much better scoring 9 goals so far during even strength time.
Tampa Bay’s #2 Defensive Line (Stralman & McDonough) could be the #1 D-Line on almost every other team in the league.
Tampa Bay is the better overall talented team, and showed it with best record in NHL this season. I did well with the Caps in these Playoffs so far betting wise, and I am happy for them to finally get that monkey off their back of not reaching this round with all the talent they have had the past few seasons. They have been great on Road in these Playoffs and they will need to win at least one at Tampa to win this Series. I just don’t know if they can get their Goalie Holtby to raise his level to Elite status to win 4 games. I feel the Caps will struggle to score goals vs. this outstanding Lightning Defense and especially against the second best Goalie in the Playoffs with Vasilevskiy.
SERIES PREDICTION: TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING IN 7 GAMES
Enjoy what looks to be a really exciting and hard fought Series in the Eastern Conference Finals.
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