Lightning vs. Capitals odds, Game 3: Data scientist who's 22-7 releases 2018 NHL playoffs picks

The Capitals have dominated the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Now, Tampa will attempt to return the favor Tuesday in the 2018 NHL playoffs when it visits Washington for Game 3 (8 p.m. ET).

The Capitals are short -120 sportsbook favorites (bet $120 to win $100), with the over-under for total goals scored set at six.

For optimal analysis of this Stanley Cup playoff game, look no further than SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh. The co-founder of AccuScore specializes in sports simulations, statistical analytics and projections. This formula has led Oh to consistent success for SportsLine, and he has been on an impressive run in the 2018 NHL playoffs. 

Oh is on an astounding 22-7 run on money-line picks for a profit of $1,635 returned to $100 bettors. Oh has now crunched the numbers and generated a strong election for Game 3.

Oh knows Washington has used an early offensive burst to take command in each of the first two meetings. Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and assist in Game 1 as the Capitals won 4-2 after building a 4-0 lead midway through the second period.

They kept the attack going with first-minute goal in Game 2 on their way to a 6-2 victory. Washington scored twice in the final minute of the second period to break a 2-2 tie and take command the rest of the way.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Ellers each had a goal and two assists as six different Capitals scored. Washington holds a 69-56 edge in total shots taken in the first two games of the series.

Now, the series shifts to Capital One Arena, where Washington is just 3-3 this postseason.

The Lighting are 5-1 after scoring two or fewer goals in their previous game, but the Capitals are on a 6-1 run in the conference finals.

Will the Capitals move within a game of a sweep by winning on their home ice, or will the Lightning fight back into the series with a road win? Visit SportsLine now to get the value side of Tuesday's Lightning-Capitals game from a data scientist who is hitting 76 percent of his NHL playoff picks.

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