NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Sports Betting Odds Previews for Thursday

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The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs for Thursday May 17th features a single game from the Eastern conference to the satisfaction of pro hockey bettors worldwide.

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The action begins at 8PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network with Game 4 as the Washington Capitals are home to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Washington Capitals favored by -115 odds with the return on the underdog Tampa Bay Lightning at -105 odds. The goal total is lined at 6 goals.

Tampa Bay traveled to Washington in Game 3 with an 0-2 deficit. They dropped the first two games of the Eastern conference finals on their home ice. Lightning have made this a series as they traveled to Washington and came away with the 4-2 victory to get within 2-1 of the Capitals. Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevkiy turned away 36 of the 38 shots he faced. It was an improvement after Vasilevkiy allowed ten goals in the first two games of the series. Lightning wins despite getting outshot by the Capitals 38-23. Tampa Bay scored the first three goals of this game. They went up 1-0 on the power play in the first period behind a Steven Stamkos goal. It was a big night for defensemen Victor Hedman who had three points with a goal and two assists.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby dropped to 10-3-1 in the playoffs following the loss. He turned away 19 of 23 shots on net. In the postseason Holtby has a goal against average of 2.18. He has been solid in net for Washington in the playoffs during his career. Brett Connolly and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the goals for the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin was held scoreless in Game 3. He had a goal and assist in each of the first two games held at Tampa Bay. His scoring streak of four games was snapped. Ovechkin has had a good 2018 playoffs with ten goals and nine assists in 15 games. Washington is hoping that center Nicklas Backstrom can return on Thursday. He has been out of this series with a hand injury. Backstrom has 13 points in his 11 playoff games on the year.

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