T-Mobile Arena will play host to an intriguing clash as the Washington Capitals come into town to face the Vegas Golden Knights. It’s the final time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will showcase this East-West matchup, and the opening face-off takes place at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, February 17.
Washington Capitals at Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Playing the role of favorite will be Vegas (-135), while Washington is an underdog displaying moneyline odds of +115, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 7 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -105 money on the over and -115 on the under.
Washington is 37-21 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.6 units this year. 36 of its games have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2019-20 Capitals team is 21-8 SU on the road.
Washington has converted on 20.5 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.7 percent of all penalties.
The Caps, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.2 times per game this season, and 3.6 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays 8.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.
With a .897 save percentage and 25.4 saves per game, Braden Holtby (22-18-4) has been the best option in goal for Washington this year. If head coach Todd Reirden chooses to rest him, however, Washington could roll with Ilya Samsonov (16-7-1), who has a .917 save percentage and 2.38 goals against average this year.
John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Capitals. Carlson (69 points) has tallied 15 goals and 54 assists, and has recorded multiple points 23 times. Ovechkin has 40 goals and 17 assists to his nameand has notched at least one point in 33 games.
Vegas is 30-30 straight up (SU) and has lost 15.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. 30 of its games have gone over the total, while 26 have gone under and just four have pushed. It’s 16-14 SU at home this season.
The Golden Knights have converted on 21.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Golden Knights skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five at home. The team’s had to kill penalties just 7.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Marc-Andre Fleury has denied 26.2 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Golden Knights. Fleury has 22 wins, 20 losses, and five overtime losses to his name and has maintained a poor .905 save percentage and 2.80 goals against average this season.
The home team will be led on offense by Mark Stone (20 goals, 37 assists).
Washington Capitals vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under
The Capitals are 12-8 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-10 in games where they’re in the box for fewer than 10 penalty minutes, total.
Washington is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Vegas is 3-2 in shootouts.
The total has gone over in three of the last five matchups for each of these teams.
Washington skaters have averaged 12.8 giveaways over its last five home games, a rise over its season average of 11.3 giveaways per game (ranked 22nd).
Vegas skaters have averaged 7.8 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 8.7 giveaways per game (ranked 7th in the league).
This game features two of the tougher teams in the league. Washington skaters have accounted for the sixth-most hits in the league (24.6 per game) while the Golden Knights have handed the fifth-most (27.4).