Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals - 12/23/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (22-12-2) at Las Vegas Golden Knights (22-9-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Las Vegas Golden Knights / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, AT&TSN
The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights meet Saturday in NHL action at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Washington Capitals hope to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since November 14-16. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 23 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 25 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 63 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 68 goals on 835 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 28 goals on 278 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 10 games.
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The Vegas Golden Knights lok to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last eight games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. James Neal leads Vegas with 17 goals, David Perron has 20 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Maxime Lagace has given up 49 goals on 383 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 24 goals on 308 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in eight straight games.
The Capitals are 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 6-0 in their last 6 Saturday games and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Golden Knights are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games, 14-3 in their last 17 home games and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The over is 18-6-2 in Golden Knights last 26 overall and the over is 8-3 in Capitals last 11 overall.
The Washington Capitals haven't lost back-to-back games in quite some time and have been argubly the most consistent team in the month of December. However, we've made a killing all season backing the Vegas Golden Knights on their home ice. It doesn't make sense and you often question just how this team continues to win at home against more talented teams, but the numbers don't lie. The Golden Knights simply don't lose at home, and until the trend stops cashing, you kind of have to keep riding it. So, I'm still on the Las Vegas train.