Vegas Golden Knights vs Washington Capitals: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Wednesday, October 10th, 18:00 pm Eastern Time
Verizon Center Stadium
We won’t have to wait very long to see a rematch of the Stanley Cup finals, with the Vegas Golden Knights going head to head with the team that lifted the Stanley Cup in their backyard just a few short months ago – the Washington Capitals.
Despite defying the odds by reaching the Stanley Cup finals in their inaugural season, the Vegas Golden Knights have not been resting on their laurels. They acquired Max Pacioretty who is expected to play on a line with another newcomer in Paul Statsny, as well as Eric Haula.
With the addition of Pacioretty, the Capitals will need to stay out of the penalty box on Wednesay night, as the former Montreal captain will undoubtedly provide a big boost to their powerplay. He will be playing on the first unit with William Karlsson who had a respectable 16 points last year when up a man and should have even more with Pacioretty playing alongside him.
The Capitals did not have an easy start to the season with tough back-to-back games against the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins to kick off the campaign. They will have had nearly a week off before they hit the ice to take on the Golden Knights but are again forced into a difficult situation with another back-to-back as they must travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils on Thursday evening.
It won’t be an easy task for Vegas to go into Capital One Arena. The Capitals were stellar at home last year, winning 28 games in regulation time. With that said, only two teams won more games on the road last season than the Golden Knights and they will not be intimidated going to the home of the defending Stanley Cup champions.
- Total goals under 5.5
While four of the seven times these two teams met last year saw more than six goals scored, Braden Holtby should get the start in the first of a back-to-back and this game could prove to be a tightly contested low scoring affair.
- Vegas Golden Knights win in regulation
The Capitals will not be happy with such a lengthy break so early in the season – even if it is following a back-to-back. Expect Vegas to be fired up for this contest, and to be a little sharper having played against the Buffalo Sabres earlier in the week.
Head to Head
These two sides met a total of seven times last year between the regular season and playoffs. While the Capitals won the best-of-seven playoff series in five games, it was the Vegas Golden Knights who won the only two regular season matchups.
- The Washington Capitals won their last four games against the Vegas Golden Knights.
- After finishing with just a .909 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average in his final season with Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury proved that he is still one of the top goalies in the league in his first season in Las Vegas. The 33-year-old earned an impressive 29 wins and posted a .927 save percentage in 46 games last season with the Golden Knights.
- No blueliner saw more ice time in Las Vegas than Nate Schmidt did last season, but he will be out for this one as he is in the midst of serving a 20 game suspension for testing positive for PEDs.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov had a career-year last season with 27 goals and 83 points. He will be playing beside Alexander Ovechkin on a line that will absolutely terrify opposing defences.