Washington Capitals vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights 6/7/18, Prediction & Odds

Arnold Nichols
June 8, 2018

For the first time in their 44-year history, the Washington Capitals are playing for a chance at the Stanley Cup.

Stick with WTOP News throughout the night for updates and more as the Caps try to win it all. With home-field advantage and the added hype that comes with a Panic!

For the Knights, the loss will sting, but also do nothing to the bond the team forged with its fanbase in the wake unspeakable evil on October 1 - some eight days before their first regular-season home game - when a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at an outdoor concert just over a kilometre from T-Mobile Arena.

The Golden Knights' ascent began about a year ago, when they selected one player from each team in the National Hockey League expansion draft.

Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has a 2.15 goals-against average and.929 save percentage with four shutouts in the playoffs. According to SportsInsights.com, 72 percent of all bets are on the over.

This is the song the Capitals play after the intro video when they come out onto the ice.

The team has had more than its share of playoff misery, a seemingly unending series of bad puck luck, hot goaltenders and failed potential that has stymied their playoff expectations year after year. Anything else, and the Capitals will be raising the Cup tonight. They need a big first period. The type of shot that the Capitals have created on almost every goal in this series.

- Going with Vegas on this one, just as I said in the other one.

This series could get complicated.

If there were odds on blocked shots, I'd lay the house on Washington. The Capitals took firm control of the series after taking both games on home ice, but Vegas can claw their way back with a win on home ice.

Vegas has gotten away from their game, and they need everybody to re-find it if they want this dream to stay alive. We also have been told that they're not THAT Caps team, that they're different, and that their focus is on finishing the job this year. Game 5 will be about momentum, who dictates the game, and a little bit of who gets luckier.

And with Ovechkin in the penalty box for tripping in the final minute of the wild second period, Smith scored into a mostly open net after controlling a pass from Alex Tuch.

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