The Vegas Golden Knights will host the Washington Capitals for game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Washington Capitals currently lead the series, 3-1, after blowing out the Golden Knights in a 6-2 game four win. The Capitals are trying to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Golden Knights hope that they will be able to stave off elimination in front of their home fans.
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Vegas Golden Knights (-150)
The Vegas Golden Knights were the favorites to win the series, and looked like it in game 1 of this series. The Golden Knights used a relentless offensive attack to score six goals in the series opener, but the offense has disappeared since. Vegas continues to get great scoring chances on offense, but are struggling to slip pucks past Capitals’ goalie, Braden Holtby.
Vegas has been extremely difficult to beat at home all season long, and should be considered the favorites in game 5. Look for the Vegas offense to be extra aggressive early in game 5 to try to ignite the home crowd with an early goal.
Washington Capitals (+130)
The Washington Capitals are playing in their first Stanley Cup Finals in 20 years, but they have been not been afraid of playing on the big stage. The Capitals are being led by goalie, Braden Holtby, in this series. Holtby stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in game four to move the Capitals just one win away of the title. Offensively, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, have been the stars for Washington.
Kuznetsov leads the Capitals in both playoff points (31) and assists (19), while Ovechkin is the playoff leader in goals with 14. Washington doesn’t get as many chances as the Golden Knights but have made the most of their opportunities. Washington has already proven that they can win a game in Las Vegas and have a real shot of ending the series on Thursday night.
Over/Under 5.5 Goals
The Capitals and Golden Knights have combined to score over 6 goals in two of the previous 4 games this series. Vegas was able to put up six goals in the series opener, while the Capitals matched that total in the game four victory. The Capitals like to limit possessions for Vegas, but the Golden Knights still continue to get great offensive opportunities. If the Golden Knights are going to win game 5, there should be at least six goals scored in the game.
The Best Picks: This series has lacked any drama, but game five should be the most competitive and intense game of the Finals. The Capitals are trying to end a long franchise drought, while the expansion Golden Knights are trying to keep their season alive.
The theatrical and creative Las Vegas pregame show is worth tuning in for, and should get the Golden Knights fan base rocking. Look for the Vegas Golden Knights to break out on offense in game 5 to keep this series and their season alive. Bet the Golden Knights -150 and Over 5.5 goals on Thursday night.
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