Top 3 keys to victory for the Capitals against Lightning

It's must win and scoreboard watching for the Caps
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John Carlson, Washington Capitals
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#2 Offense needs to shoot the puck more

The offense needs to put up more shots than they did the last game. Simple match but hard to execute. But they can do it against the Lightning and have shown that this season as they've taken three out of a possible four points against the Bolts in the previous two meetings with tonight being the final matchup of the season between the two teams. The rubber game.

The Caps won the most recent matchup 5-3 on Feb. 22 at Amalie Arena. In the loss to the Buffalo Sabres, John Carlson was a big part of the bad offense but in a good way. He had two assists reaching the 50 point mark for the sixth time in his career, passing Scott Stevens for the most 50 point seasons by a defenseman in franchise history.

Carlson has recorded 50 points with eight goals and 42 assists in 79 games and is just one of two Capitals to appear in every game this season which speaks volumes after he got hurt and missed three months last season.

Carlson, Dylan Strome, Alex Ovechkin and now Tom Wilson has stepped up. Along with Connor McMichael. The rest of the offense needs to as well.