Vegas Golden Knights (34-13-4) at Washington Capitals (30-16-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 4, 2018, 12:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -125 / Vegas Golden Knights +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Vegas Golden Knights look for a big road win after splitting their last 10 games. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. William Karlsson leads Vegas with 27 goals, David Perron has 33 assists and Jonathan Marchessault has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 36 goals on 617 shots faced and Malcolm Subban has allowed 40 goals on 452 shots. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 11 games.
The Washington Capitals need a victory here after losing five of their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 32 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 34 assists and John Carlson has 153 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 102 goals on 1,180 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 38 goals on 450 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Golden Knights are 7-0 in their last 7 Sunday games, 9-2 in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Capitals are 42-15 in their last 57 home games, 51-18 in their last 69 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-2 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference. The over is 5-2 in Capitals last 7 overall and the over is 5-2 in Golden Knights last 7 overall.
I've been blidnly backing the Vegas Golden Knights nearly all season long and it's paid off in a big way, especially when they're underdogs quite often. This may be a good spot to take them again with the Washington Capitals in a bit of a funk. However, you know this losing stretch isn't going to last too much longer and the Capitals are still one of the top home teams in the league who bounce back after subpar performances. I'll take the home team and the cheap price.