Washington Capitals (49-26-7) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (51-24-7)
Stanley Cup Finals – Game 5 – Washington leads 3-1
NHL: Thurs., June 7, 2018, 8:00 PM ET @ T-Mobile Arena
Spread: WAS +1.5, VGK -1.5
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Washington showed dominance in their 6-2 victory in Game 4, skating past the first two periods with ease. Evgeny Kuznetsov, upper-body injury and all, provided great assistance in the goals of T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson, John Carlsson, and Brett Connolly. Devante Smith-Pelly scored the third goal for the team seconds before the end of the first period. Finally, Michel Kempny made the fifth goal in the third period. The Caps have an impressive 9-3 playoff record on the road, just one short of becoming the fifth team in NHL history to achieve 10 playoff road wins. They are also 3-0 in ending a series while on the road.
The pressure is on for the Golden Knights after allowing their opponents to take a 3-1 lead after winning the first game of the finals. In Game 4, James Neal prevented a team shutout as he scored in the third period. Reilly Smith scored the second and last goal for the team. Vegas in 7-2 in playoff games when they play at home, and they haven’t lost four games in a row throughout the season. Their last loss was in Game 2 of the Finals. Game 4 showcased a dismal performance by the Knights. Despite a high amount of attempted shots to the goal, the whole thing began to ride on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. However, he had troubles of his own when he allowed six goals on 23 shots.
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There is a lot to fight for between the teams. Vegas went from being huge fan-favorites to underdogs in this scenario. They need to come back really hard if they want to stay alive and close their inaugural year with a championship title. Since this game will be played in their territory, they have a great chance to get themselves back into the mix. Washington is also in good spirits with the lead that they have now. The only thing that could keep themselves from winning this game and the trophy is if Kuznetsov does not play at all. If anything, he and Ovechkin are what’s keeping the Caps’ chances alive. If the excitement should continue, Vegas has to step their defense up, watch out for the Caps’ aggression, and play like they never played before.
[button type=”big” color=”blue”] Giovanna’s Pick: Vegas, on the -100 side[/button]