Lightning at Capitals
When/where: 7, Verizon Center, Washington
TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 970-AM
Key stats: The Capitals might be the best team in the Eastern Conference, having won eight of their past 10 (8-1-1). That includes two victories over Tampa Bay, 4-2 in Washington on Nov. 27 and 2-1 in Tampa on Dec. 12. In the latter game, the Lightning outshot Washington 36-20. … Tampa Bay hasn't won at the Verizon Center since April 13, 2014, 1-0 in a shootout. … The Capitals entered Thursday with the league's second-ranked power play (22.9 percent) and was fifth in goals per game (2.98). … RW Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals in goals (14). He is third in points (25), behind C Evgeny Kuznetsov (28) and C Nicklas Backstrom (27). … Lightning G Ben Bishop is 1-5-1 with a 3.70 GAA in eight career starts vs. Washington.