The Washington Capitals vs Tampa Bay Lightning match is up for 7:30 PM EST and will be happening at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Date and Time: October 9th, 2017 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa
TV: FOX Sports (US Regional)
Online Stream: FuboTV (US Desktop & Mobile) – (Subscription required click here to start your free fuboTV trial and watch now, you can cancel at any time. DVR Available.)
The Washington Capitals are 2-0 so far with 4 points in the season. The Tampa Bay Lightning have played less games. They are 1-1 with 2 points. The Capitals are #5 in the Southeast Division with 50 points while the Lightning are #1 with 80 points. Both teams have won two and lost two games in their four meetings in total.
Alex Ovechkin has become the first player to open a season with consecutive hat tricks. This happened only once way back during the NHL’s first season of 1917-18. In the first season, Cy Denneny, Joe Malone, and Reg Noble accomplished the feat.
Ovechkin had his first hat trick by the first three goals in the game against the Ottawa Senators, which was a 5-4 victory. He did another hat-trick in his next game. He scored the 4th, 5th, and 6th goal in the Capitals’ match against the Montreal Canadiens, which was a 6-1 victory.
Ovechkin’s performance, hat trick or not, is always crucial for the Capitals. In their match against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he will be the key offense. Although we shouldn’t become unrealistic, if he does manage to score another hat trick against the Lightning, he will unlock a huge achievement.
It is common knowledge that Tampa Bay is one of the strongest teams in NHL. Lightning defeated the Capitals in their last meeting with a 6-3. As for this season’s stats, Tampa Bays’s goaltending is better than Washington’s. The Lightning also have a better offense.
In their last 19 games, the Lightning are 13-1-1-4. Their most recent win was a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Lightning will give the Capitals a good fight. The Capitals captain is in good form, coming off with two consecutive hat tricks. But the Tampa Bay team has all it takes to make him have a hat trick of hat tricks.