Eastern Conference-leader Tampa Bay and Washington meet
Tampa, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Washington Capitals travel to Amalie Arena to face the top-ranked team in the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning have gone 29-6-2 in home games. Tampa Bay averages 10.5 points per game to lead the Eastern Conference, recording 3.8 goals and 6.7 assists per game.
The Capitals are 15-6-2 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. Washington ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.4 goals per game, led by Alex Ovechkin with 46. The matchup Saturday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.
LAST 10 GAMES: Capitals: 8-2-0, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.8 assists, 4.1 penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .914 save percentage.
Lightning: 8-2-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 6.2 assists, 4.5 penalties and 10.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .924 save percentage.
Capitals Injuries: None listed.