The Stanley Cup Finals bring more action as the Vegas Golden Knights will clash with the Washington Capitals in game three of their best-of-seven series at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The Capitals tied the series at 1-1 after a 3-2 win on Wednesday night.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights have been in a good form at home this season. After the loss on Wednesday,ttheir postseason home record stands at 7-2 so far. They were stunned by the Capitals as they lost 3-2 in front of their own fans. This came as surprise since many pundits expected that the Knights will win. This loss broke their run of five wins in a row. The Golden Knights need to bounce back in these two away games in order to get their home-ice advantage back. The Golden Knights have gone 28-21 in the away games and they have averaged 2.86 goals per game and have allowed 2.82 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game in the postseason, the Knights are placed on the 8th spot in scoring at 3.06 goals per game, converting on 19.3% of their chances. They have been very strong at the defensive side of the game, during the playoffs, as they are placed on the 2nd spot in goals allowed, conceding an average of 2.00 goals per game, allowing teams to convert on 18.3% of their chances.
Washington Capitals Form
It seems that the Capitals love to play on the road. They very successful on that front in the playoffs and that continued on Wednesday as they won 3-2 in Vegas. The Caps head into this game with a home-ice advantage. However, they have gone just 4-5 at home in the playoffs so far. Washington needs to improve their home form if they want to win the Stanley Cup. The Capitals home record stands at 32-18 for the season so far and they have averaged 3.32 goals per game and have allowed 2.60 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Capitals are the 2nd best team in the playoffs in scoring at 3.48 goals per game, converting on 29.0% of their chances. At the defensive side of the game, during the postseason, they have been in a solid form as they are placed on the 5th spot in goals allowed, conceding an average of 2.62 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 25.4% of their chances.
The Golden Knights were surprised at their home ice on Wednesday and the general expectation is that they will try to bounce back in this game. However, it seems that the Capitals are in a good shape at the moment and they will surely aim to utilize their home ice advantage. Ovechkin has scored his 13th goal of the season in the previous game and the Russian bear will surely have a significant impact in this game. I expect the Capitals to win this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals on 6/2/2018 is: Take the Los Washington Capitals -135 (money line bet)
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