The Stanley Cup Finals brings more action as the Vegas Golden Knights will clash with the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. in game four of their best-of-seven series. The Capitals lead 2-1 in this series as they won on Saturday with a score of 3-1.
Vegas Golden Knights Form
The Golden Knights were one of the best team in the league this season. Their offensive firepower has been pretty solid as they scored six goals in their opening win against the Capitals. However, it seems that they are facing some problems in that area of the game as they only scored 3 goals in the last two games against the Caps. They will need to bounce back in this game in order to avoid going 3-1 down. They have the talent and skills to achieve that we can surely expect some solid performance from them in this game. The Golden Knights away record stands at 28-22 and they have averaged 2.82 goals per game and have allowed 2.82 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Knights have some below average stats in the playoffs so far as they are placed on the 9th in scoring at 2.89 goals per game, converting on 18.6% of their chances. On the defensive side of the game, during the playoffs, they are the 2nd team in goals allowed, conceding an average of 2.06 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 17.2% of their chances.
Washington Capitals Form
It seems that the Washington Capitals got their home form on the right track as they won the last home game with a score of 3-1. This was their first ever Stanley Cup home playoff win. The Capitals played in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998 but they lost the series against Detroit Wings in 4 games with no home win. Washington now has a 2-1 lead and the team is full of confidence that they can go all the way this time. However, their overall home record in the playoffs stands at 5-5 here at home. Yet, their Russian duo seems to be in a good scoring form as Alex Ovechkin scored his 14th of the postseason in the last game. Also, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 12th goal in the 3-1 win against the Knights. The Capitals home record for the season stands at 33-18 and they have averaged 3.31 goals per game and have allowed 2.57 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Capitals are the 2nd best team in scoring during the postseason at 3.45 goals per game, converting on 27.3% of their chances. At the defensive side of the game, during the playoffs, they have been very solid so far as they are placed on the 4th spot in goals allowed, conceding an average of 2.55 goals per game, allowing teams to convert on 24.6% of their chances.
This will be a very interesting game. On one side, it seems that the Capitals have improved their home form and they will surely aim to take advantage of that. On the other side, the Golden Knights are in a complicated situation and they will need to win this game. All in all, the overall conclusion is that both teams may play with caution in this game. However, the Knights need to win this game if they want to keep their chances for winning the Stanley Cup. Go for Vegas in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals on 6/4/2018 is: Take the Vegas Golden Knights +1.5 (puck line bet)
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