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NHL Odds: Game 4 of Eastern Conference Finals this Thursday

by: Philly Godfather - posted on: 16-May-2018

The Tampa Bay Lightning will have the chance to pull even with the Washington Capitals this Thursday, as the teams face off in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. With Washington still holding home ice advantage, the pressure will be on to capitalize at home.

Heading into Game 4, the Tampa Bay Lightning remain in a must-win situation. While they managed to scratch out a win in Game 3 to pull within one game of the Washington Capitals, falling 3-1 in the series is something the Bolts want to avoid. The first two games were utterly dominated by the Caps. Alex Ovechkin continued his brilliant postseason, posting a goal and an assist in each of the first two matchups, while Evgeny Kuznetsov added a goal and four assists.

In Game 3, it was the Lightning's stars that showed up. Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman got Tampa out to a 3-0 lead by the second period, and that proved to be the difference in what was a critical victory for the Bolts. They'll need more of that production from their top players this Thursday, as a win in Game 4 would draw the Lightning even in the series. Game time is 8 PM ET on NBCSN.