The Washington Capitals (+105) welcome the Vegas Golden Knights (-125), who will be looking to prolong their winning run, at Capital One Arena on Tuesday. The total is 6 (O: -120, U: +100)Vegas (8-2-0) is playing their first of six games on the road coming off a 2-1 overtime win over the Jets on Sunday, their fourth straight win.
The Golden Knights committed only one penalty in the game, holding Winnipeg without a power play goal. Jack Eichel and Mark Stone each scored once for the Golden Knights. Stone and Eichel both added an assist to lead the team in scoring. Adin Hill had a great performance with 23 saves (.958%) in the win.
Washington (5-4-1) is playing the second of a back-to-back after suffering a 3-2 shootout loss against the Hurricanes yesterday. Alex Ovechkin and Dylan Strome both scored once for the Capitals. Darcy Kuemper saved 33 of 35 shots (.942%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Golden Knights won both games between the teams last season, including a 4-3 (OT) victory in their final meeting in April, their third straight win against Washington. Shea Theodore and Evgenii Dadonov each had two points (1G 1A) to lead Vegas. Ovechkin led Washington with three points (2G 1A). Logan Thompson got the win despite saving only 13 of 15 shots (.866%).
Vegas is averaging 3.20 goals per game so far this season, 14th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Capitals team that is allowing 2.80 goals a game (10th). Meanwhile, Washington has found the net 3.00 times a game on average, 22nd in the league, and the Golden Knights are holding opponents to a league-best 1.70 goals per game.
The Capitals’ 20.59% power play percentage ranks 18th in the league, while the Golden Knights are 24th with a conversion rate of 15.62%. When it comes to defending power plays, Washington has the league’s eighth-ranked PK% at 81.82%, while Vegas is 22nd at 78.26%.
With 10 points this season, Eichel is the top skater for the Golden Knights. He has four goals and six assists in 10 games. In the net, Thompson (4-2-0) is Vegas’ top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 1.69 GAA, fourth-best in the league, and a .943% save percentage, fifth-best.
Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring with eight points. He has five goals and three assists. Kuemper (4-3-1) is the top goalie for Washington with a goals against average of 2.39. He has a save percentage of .922%.
HOME AND AWAY
Vegas is 3-1-0 away from home this season. Washington has won three straight at Capital One Arena this season.
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Washington Capitals (+110)
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