Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights - Game 2 - 5/30/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (61-32-9) at Vegas Golden Knights (64-26-8)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 8:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -141 / Washington Capitals +108 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights meet Wednesday in game two of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Washington Capitals would love to tie up this series at 1-1 before heading home for game three on Saturday. 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 14 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 30 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 42 goals on 517 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 49 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
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The Vegas Golden Knights look for a sixth straight victory to take a comfortable 2-0 series lead. 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 15 assists and James Neal has 57 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 31 goals on 533 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Capitals are 13-3 in their last 16 road games, 0-5 in their last 5 Stanley Cup Finals games and 24-11 in their last 35 overall. The Golden Knights are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win, 35-12 in their last 47 home games and 49-24 in their last 73 overall. The over is 5-1 in Golden Knights last 6 home games and the under is 3-1-2 in Capitals last 6 overall.
We continue to back the Vegas Golden Knights like we have all season long, and those tickets keep cashing. Vegas is 7-1 at home during these playoffs and has a goal differential of +15 during those contests. The Vegas Golden Knights are 9-2 in their last 11 home games when at least a -130 favorite and have won 13 of their last 17 games overall when favored at all. We know the Washington Capitals have been great on the road and had a chance to steal game one, as they were one of the few teams to find holes in Fleury's goaltending. However, like all season, Vegas simply finds a way to win even when it probably shouldn't. Like I've said before, sometimes you can't explain it with this club, but you can't argue the results. I'll continue riding the Vegas hype train.