Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights Free Game 5 Pick - Odds and NHL Predictions
The Washington Capitals head back on the road this Thursday night with a 3-1 series lead over the Vegas Golden Knights in this season’s Stanley Cup Finals. Game 5 of this best-of-seven clash is set to get underway on NBC at 8 p.m. from T-Mobile Arena.
Washington at Vegas Game Overview
Washington is now just one win away from ending a decade of frustration in the postseason after taking the commanding 3-1 lead in this series. Monday night’s 6-2 victory in Game 4 as -123 home favorites was the Capitals’ most complete performance in their three wins. They opened up a three-goal lead in the first period and never gave up ground from there. Washington has played exceptionally well on the road the entire postseason with a 9-3 record in 12 previous road games. The total has stayed UNDER in three of its last four games on the road.
While left winger Alex Ovechkin and center Evgeny Kuznetsov have accounted for a combined 26 goals this postseason, six different Capitals tallied goals in Monday’s win. The top two scorers did account for five assists on those six scores, and three of the goals came on power plays. As potent as Washington’s offense has been at times during this postseason run, the play of Braden Holtby in goal is the main reason that this team is in position to win its first NHL title in franchise history.
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Vegas did just about everything right in its 12-3 playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals as part of its inaugural season in the NHL. Following a wild 6-4 victory in Game 1 of this series as -152 home favorites, the Golden Knights have watched things come undone over the last three contests. They are still a solid 7-2 at home in the postseason with the total going OVER in three of their previous five home games.
After outscoring Winnipeg 12-6 in four-straight victories in the Western Conference Finals before posting those six goals in Game 1 of the NHL Finals, the Golden Knights' production on the offensive end of the ice has ground to a halt with a combined five goals in three games. James Neal scored his sixth goal of the playoffs after Game 4 was already out of hand. Jonathan Marchessault leads the team in postseason goals with eight, but he has failed to light the lamp in this series. The other concern is Marc-Andre Fleury in goal after playing almost flawless hockey through his first 15 postseason games.
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Washington at Vegas Betting Trends
- The Capitals are 3-8 in their last 11 games after scoring five or more goals in their previous outing. They improve to 6-2 in their last eight games following a win, and the total has stayed UNDER in three of their last four Thursday games.
- The Golden Knights have gone 6-1 in their last seven games after allowing five or more goals in their previous game. They are 16-2 in their last 18 home games against a team with a winning record on the road, and the total has stayed UNDER in nine of their last 12 games played on a Thursday.
- Vegas won both meetings in the regular season before losing three of four in this series. The total has been evenly split across all six games.
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Washington at Vegas Free Prediction 06/07/2018
Even with the 3-1 series lead, a solid winning record on the road and a ton of momentum from its last three wins, I am still going against Washington on Thursday night. Vegas has been a very tough out at home all season long and in the postseason leading up to this series. Game 6 back in Washington could be a whole other story, but I think the Golden Knights have one more win in them in this storybook season.
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