Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights - Game 1 - 5/28/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (61-31-9) at Vegas Golden Knights (63-26-8)
NHL Hockey: Monday, May 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -139 / Washington Capitals +126 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights meet Monday in game one of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Washington Capitals haven’t played since Wednesday and are coming off a seven-game series against the Tamp Bay Lightning. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 12 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 13 assists and John Carlson has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 37 goals on 484 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 49 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
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The Vegas Golden Knights haven’t played in eight days and are coming off a five-game series against the Winnipeg Jets. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Las Vegas with eight goals, Reilly Smith has 14 assists and James Neal has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 27 goals on 505 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed two or less goals in five of their last six games.
The Capitals are 15-3 in their last 18 road games, 0-4 in their last 4 Stanley Cup Finals games and 24-10 in their last 34 overall. The Golden Knights are 34-12 in their last 46 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The under is 4-1-1 in Golden Knights last 6 overall and the under is 3-0-2 in Capitals last 5 overall.
The Vegas Golden Knights outscored the Washington Capitals 7-3 in the two meetings this season and is 11-2 in their last 13 home games when a favorite. The Washington Capitals have been money on the road this season and have won nine of their last 11 road games when an underdog. So, you can make a strong case for either side here. However, we've made a ton of money blindly backing Vegas this season and there's no real reason to turn back now. Even when teams were more talented or even outplayed them, the Golden Knights found ways to get the job done. Sometimes it's just destiny. Give me Vegas and the cheap price.