NHL Prediction: Eastern Conference Finals

The NHL is down to the final four. The match up for the Eastern Conference Finals is Washington versus Tampa Bay. Who has the upper hand?

Washington Capitals versus Tampa Bay Lightning

The Capitals enter the conference finals having taken down the Pittsburgh Penguins in six. The Lightning disposed of the Boston Bruins in five on their way to this match up. Tampa Bay is +30 on the Power Ranking Indicator, tops in the NHL. The Capitals are not far behind at +26. On the Team Strength Oscillator, the Lightning are “burning hot” while the Capitals are only “average up”. This clearly indicates Tampa Bay is the hotter team at the moment. Neither team is in the top ten in Team Volatility meaning that favorite and underdog status isn’t the most reliable measure for placing a bet this series.  During the season the Lightning won two of the three meetings. However the combined scores was just 9-8 for the Lightning and their first win was in a shootout in overtime. As should be for a conference finals, this will be a tight battle, with Tampa Bay likely advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals in six or seven games.

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