CAPITALS at LIGHTNING
7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS
Best-of-7 series tied 2-2
TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will move within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup Final if they become the first team to win a home game in the Eastern Conference Final. They play Game 5 against the Washington Capitals at Amalie Arena on Saturday.
[RELATED: Complete Lightning vs. Capitals series coverage]
The Capitals will move within one win of their first Cup Final in 20 years if they win their fourth consecutive road game. They're 7-1 away from Washington in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Here are 5 keys for Game 5:
1. Pucks in deep
Players and coaches always talk about getting pucks in deep, which means putting it behind the defensemen to allow the forecheckers to create chaos that leads to turnovers.
The Lightning thrive off this style. They haven't done so consistently in this series. Turnovers have been a problem at times.
"When you do that, you're just continually chasing yourself back into your own end," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
2. Eller's discipline
Capitals center Lars Eller committed five minor penalties in Games 3 and 4, giving the Lightning four power plays (one was a matching minor). They scored on two of them.
Eller has been good in this series, especially in the absence of Nicklas Backstrom in Games 1-3. He had four points in the first two games, including a goal and two assists in Game 1. But he can't keep parading to the box.
Video: WSH@TBL, Gm2: Eller redirects home Vrana's pass
3. Tampa Bay's discipline
A big issue for the Lightning in Game 4 was penalty problems, especially in the first period. They gave the Capitals three power plays in the final 8:40 and then one at 7:08 of the second.
The Lightning killed all four, but the string of penalties in the first limited the ice time for some of their most dangerous offensive players, including forwards Brayden Point, J.T. Miller and Yanni Gourde, and defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.
They all struggled to feel their way back into the game in the second period, when the Lightning were outshot 14-6.
It's asking a lot of the penalty killers to keep Washington's power play off the board if given that many opportunities again.
4. Capitals power play must step up
Washington was 0-for-7 with the extra man in Games 3 and 4. Worse yet, Tampa Bay scored on three of its seven opportunities.
The Capitals need their power play to step up, which means getting the puck to Alex Ovechkin in the left face-off circle or T.J. Oshie in the slot.
Video: WSH@TBL, Gm2: Ovechkin buries Kuznetsov's setup
Ovechkin had three shots on Washington's first power play in Game 4; none on its next three. Oshie had two shots on goal on the power play in Game 4; they were his only two shot attempts.
Tampa Bay had 14 blocked shots on the PK in the past two games, including six in Game 4.
"I think we're getting looks, we just need to put it in, really," Oshie said. "They're going to do a good job. You see [Ryan] Callahan last game. They're willing to pay the price. We have to work it fast enough so they don't get a chance to have those big blocks."
5. Lightning need more shots
Tampa Bay won Games 3 and 4 despite getting outshot 76-43, including 60-35 at even strength. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 72 saves.
Tampa Bay needs to have more of a shot-first mentality.
"We'll spend 30-35 seconds in their end, not get a shot," Cooper said. "Everybody is just skating around, skating around, tiring themselves out looking for the perfect shot when sometimes it's the 'C' and 'B' chances that create the 'A' chances."
Capitals projected lineup
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson
Dmitry Orlov -- Matt Niskanen
Michal Kempny -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Christian Djoos
Scratched: Andre Burakovsky, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek, Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Nathan Walker, Pheonix Copley
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Nikita Kucherov
Yanni Gourde -- Brayden Point -- Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- J.T. Miller
Chris Kunitz -- Cedric Paquette -- Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman -- Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh -- Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev
Scratched: Andrej Sustr, Jake Dotchin, Slater Koekkoek, Cory Conacher, Peter Budaj
Injured: Adam Erne (lower body)
Backstrom will move back into his usual spot as the No. 2 center after playing on the third line in Game 4, his first game after missing four in a row with an injury to his right hand. Eller had been on the second line. … Chiasson is returning after being scratched in Game 4. Burakovsky, who played in the first four games of the series, is out.
Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Final Coverage
Lightning vs. Capitals
Jets vs. Golden Knights