The Stanley Cup Finals continue this evening and we will see the Washington Capitals pay a visit to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada to rumble with the Vegas Golden Knights in game two of their best-of-seven series. The Golden Knights took game one by a score of 6-4. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Capitals will be Braden Holtby (12-7, 2.20 GAA) and he will be opposed by Marc-Andre Fleury (13-3, 1.81 GAA).
The Capitals Fall In Wild Opening Game
The Washington Capitals surprised the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals to get here and now they are taking on the surprise team of the league. Well, Game One didn’t go as planned as they lost by a score of 6-4. This is on the heels of them outscoring the Lightning 7-0 in the final two games of that series. The Capitals had a 2-1 lead in the game and then they had a 4-3 lead early in the 3rd, but the Golden Knights scored three goals in the final 17:19 of the game to walk away with the win. Scoring in the loss was Brett Connolly, which was his 5th of the preseason, Nicklas Backstrom (5th), John Carlson (4th), and Tom Wilson (4th). The Capitals have gone 28-23 on the road and they have averaged 3.08 gpg and have allowed 3.10 gpg in those games.
Taking the loss was Braden Holtby, who allowed five goals on 33 shot attempts to fall to 12-7 with a 2.20 GAA and a .919 save percentage in the postseason this year and 41-37 with a 2.04 GAA and a .929 save percentage in the postseason in his career. During the regular season, he was 34-20 with a 2.99 GAA and a .907 save percentage overall, including 12-11 with a 3.90 GAA and a .889 save percentage on the road. Holtby was 0-1 with a 3.01 GAA and a .893 save percentage against the Golden Knights this year.
The Capitals come into this game ranked 2nd in scoring during the postseason at 3.50 gpg, while also ranking 7th in shots taken (32.7 spg) and 3rd in power play conversions, converting on 28.3% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, during the postseason, they have been very solid so far as they come in ranked 5th in goals allowed, giving up 2.65 gpg, while also ranking 2nd in shots allowed (28.4 spg) and 11th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 25.8% of their chances.
Nosek Lifts Golden Knights To A Game One Win
The Golden Knights started off their first Stanley Cup Final home game with an incredible intro and then they went on to win game one in a thriller. They trailed the game twice before coming up with three goals in the 3rd period to walk away with the win. The Capitals took a 4-3 lead just 1:09 left in the 3rd period, but the Knights tied it up just 1:32 later on a goal by Ryan Reaves, which was his 2nd of the postseason. Tomas Nosek then scored the game-winner at the 9:44 mark of the 3rd and then he added an empty-netter with just three seconds left. He now has three goals in the postseason. Also scoring in the win was Colin Miller, which was his 3rd of the playoffs, William Karlsson which was his 7th and Reilly Smith, which was his 3rd. The Golden Knights have gone 36-13 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.61 rpg and they have allowed 2.41 rpg in those games.
Snatching up the game one win was goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 24 of the 28 shots that he faced to improve to 13-3 with a 1.81 GAA and a .942 save percentage in the postseason this year and 75-54 with a 2.54 GAA and a .913 save percentage in the postseason in his career. During the regular season, he was 29-17 with a 2.24 ERA and a .927 save percentage overall, including 16-10 with a 2.36 GAA and a .922 save percentage here at home. Fleury has gone 22-14 with a 2.54 GAA and a .914 save percentage in his career (regular season) against the Capitals.
Vegas has been above average on offense in the playoffs so far as they come in ranked 6th in scoring at 3.06 gpg, while also ranking 9th in shots taken (31.7 spg) and 10th in power play conversions, converting on 19.2% of their chances. They have been very strong at the defensive end of the ice, during the postseason, as they come in ranked 2nd in goals allowed, giving up 1.94 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots allowed (33.3 spg) and 4th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.2% of their chances.
- 0-5 in their last five Stanley Cup Finals games
- 1-4 in their last five vs. the Pacific
- 12-3 in their last 15 when their opponent allows five goals or more in their previous game
- 16-5 in their last 21 vs. a team with a winning record overall
I had played a couple of props before the series started and one of them was The Golden Knights would win game one and eventually the series and so far so good after they took game one. They have now won their last five games in a row and have really rolled at home where they have gone 36-13 on the year, including 7-1 in the postseason so far. The Caps put up a good fight in game one, but still, they just couldn’t match the intensity all game long and crumbled in the 3rd period. I will look for the Golden Knights to again feed off their home crowd, while Fleury has a better game than he did in the opener as they head to Washington with a 2seriesres lead and the clincher is the fact that the Golden Knights are 16-1 in their last 17 home games vs. a team with a winning road record