Capitals Vs. Golden Knights Predictions – 2018 Stanley Cup Finals Betting (Game 2)
The Stanley Cup kicked off with Game 1 on Monday night. Now that the Golden Knights and Capitals have gotten a solid feeling for each other, I expect the series to continue to heat up from here. Vegas took Game 1 at home, but the Capitals will look to even up the series before it shifts back to Washington on Saturday. My picks for tonight is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 50% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Washington Capitals Vs. Vegas Golden Knights Predictions
The Golden Knights run to the Stanley Cup has been a magical one. Vegas finished in the top spot of the Pacific Division at the end of the season with a 51-24-7. The Golden Knights booked a 1st round matchup with the Los Angeles Kings and were able to pull out the brooms in a 4 game sweep. Vegas then moved on to play the San Jose Sharks in the second round. San Jose put up a solid effort against the Golden Knights but lost in 6 games. Winnipeg Jets met Vegas in the Western Conference Finals. The Golden Knights were able to move on after 5 games.
Alex Ovechkin finally got past his playoff woes this season to advance to the Stanley Cup. Washington finished the regular season with a 49-26-7 record, which was good enough to clinch the Metropolitan Division. Washington faced the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round and were able to win the series in six games. The Capitals were then forced to match up against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. Washington finally beat their biggest playoff rival in another six game series. The Tampa Bay Lightning were the last team standing in the way of Washington reaching the Stanley Cup Finals and the Capitals pulled off a seven game series win.
Vegas hosted Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals and T-Mobile Arena was ready. The Golden Knights jumped out to an early lead, but the Game saw both teams trade goals in a back and fourth effort. Vegas ended the game with a 6-4 win. Tomas Nosek scored the game winner and an empty netter to put the game out of reach. Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist and T.J. Oshie had two assists in the loss.
Washington Capitals (+135) Vs. Vegas Golden Knights (-149)
Braden Holtby will be back in net for Game 2. Holtby has put up a save percentage of .919 in the playoffs and a GAA of 2.20. Holtby had a rough Game 1. He had a .848 save percentage. Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start for Vegas. Fleury has a .942 save percentage this postseason with a 1.81 GAA. Fleury did not look on top of his game in Game 1. He had a .857 save percentage. I expect both goalies to bounce back for Game 2.
Jonathan Marchessault had an injury scare in Game 1, where he had to leave for concussion protocol after a hit from Tom Wilson. Marchessault seems to be fine to return to the lineup for Game 2. William Carrier and Malcolm Subban are both questionable. The odds have Vegas listed at a -149 money line, which is even bigger then Game 1. That means that in Game 1, the Golden Knights convinced the oddsmakers that they are the better team. Vegas should have a slight edge being at home but having implied odds of 60 percent seems a little too high.
After watching the Golden Knights and Capitals go back and fourth in Game 1, I believe that this series is going to be close. Both teams matched up well together, which makes me think the odds are a little high in favor of the Golden Knights. Vegas has done great at home, but with Washington being listed as such big underdogs, I got to pick the Caps to get it done on the road. Alex Ovechkin was shut down in Game 1, but the Golden Knights will not keep him quiet forever. I expect Ovechkin to play a bigger part in Game 2.