Vegas Golden Knights at Washington Capitals - Game 3 - 6/2/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vegas Golden Knights (64-27-8) at Washington Capitals (62-32-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -167 / Vegas Golden Knights +128 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in game three of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Capital One Arena.
The Vegas Golden Knights hope to regain home ice advantage while taking a 2-1 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 16 assists and James Neal has 60 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 34 goals on 559 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last 12 games.
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The Washington Capitals look to ride this wave of momentum while taking a 2-1 series lead. 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 13 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 14 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 33 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 44 goals on 556 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 49 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.
The Golden Knights are 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Capitals are 19-7 in their last 26 Saturday games, 94-41 in their last 135 home games and 25-11 in their last 36 overall. The under is 4-1-2 in Capitals last 7 overall and the under is 5-2-1 in Golden Knights last 8 overall.
The first two games of this series could have gone either way, as both offenses have been able to get whatever they want. In two games, we've seen a combined 15 goals and 126 shots on goal. With that being the case, you're basically looking at coin flips, and I usually like to have the plus money in those situations. Why pay extra money in a 50/50 contest where one bounce of the puck is likely going to decide the outcome. The Washington Capitals have won 12 of their last 19 games when a home favorite. The Vegas Golden Knights have won 18 of their last 26 games when an underdog. Vegas has also won eight of its last 12 road games when an underdog. Needless to say, the Golden Knights have made a pretty penny this season when put these spots. Hard to turn down the plus money in game three.