Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights - Game 5 - 6/7/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (64-32-9) at Vegas Golden Knights (64-29-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm (T-Mobile Arena)
The Line: Vegas Golden Knights -132 / Washington Capitals +102 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights meet Thursday in game five of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the T-Mobile Arena.
The Washington Capitals have a chance to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history with a victory here. 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 14 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 19 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 34 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 47 goals on 608 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 49 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed two or less goals in five of their last six games.
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The Vegas Golden Knights need a victory here to save their season and force a game six on Sunday. 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 63 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 43 goals on 608 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or more goals in each of their last four games.
The Capitals are 16-5 in their last 21 road games, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 27-11 in their last 38 overall. The Golden Knights are 35-13 in their last 48 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games and 13-6 in their last 19 overall. The over is 5-2 in Golden Knights last 7 home games and the under is 5-2-2 in Capitals last 9 overall.
The Washington Capitals have badly outplayed Vegas in this series and is worth a serious look as a road underdog given the offensive firepower and how they've lit Fleury on fire the first four games. However, the Vegas Golden Knights are still an incredible team that has won 12 of their last 15 home games when a favorite and hasn't lost back-to-back home teams since mid-March. The Washington Capitals have won 11 of their last 15 road games as an underdog. I'm not laying juice with the Capitals consistently winning as an underdog on the road. I'd love to see Vegas get back in this series and possibly even force a game seven, but in terms of value, the Caps and the plus money is the bet that should be made.