The Vegas Golden Knights will host the Washington Capitals in a rematch of last year’ Stanley Cup Final Tuesday night from the T-Mobile Arena. The Capitals fell 6-5 to the Ducks in their previous action, and the Golden Knights are coming off a 2-1 road loss to the Oilers. The Capitals tallied a 5-2 home win over the Golden Knights earlier this season
Capitals Winning Streak Snapped
The Washington Capitals will open a three game road trip in this one. They own a 7-4-1 road record on the year. The Capitals allowed a 5-2 lead to slip away in a 6-5 home loss to the Ducks in their latest action to snap a seven game winning streak. Capitals’ point leader Nicklas Backstrom found the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season in the defeat. The 11-year veteran center is red-hot, collecting 12 points in his last seven games, and he is up to 33 points on the season.
Alex Ovechkin extended his point streak to eight games with his 13th assist of the season in Sunday’s loss. The 33-year old left-winger has scored four goals in his last five games, and he has 19 goals along with 13 assists on the season. Ovechkin scored two goals in the Capitals win against Vegas earlier in the season.
The Capitals will likely give the nod in net to Braden Holtby in this one. The veteran net minder is having a subpar season, posting a poor 2.94 GAA and a .910 save percentage paired with a 10-6-2 record. Washington is red-hot offensively, and they are currently averaging 3.6 goals, good for fifth in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 3.2 goals, positioning them 22nd in the NHL.
Golden Knights 5 Game Streak Halted in Loss to Oilers
The Vegas Golden Knights concluded a three game road trip with a 2-1 record after falling 2-1 in Edmonton on Saturday night. The Golden Knights had a five game winning streak snapped in the defeat. William Karlsson extended his goal streak to four games with his ninth marker of the season in Saturday’s loss. The 25-year old center has registered seven points in his last eight games, and he is up to 21 points in 28 games on the season. Jonathan Marchessault was held off the scoresheet in Saturday’s loss, and he also did not record a point in the Knights lone meeting against the Capitals this season. The five-year veteran center has notched two points in his last four games, and he is tied for the team-lead in points with Karlsson with 21 points. Vegas features a solid 7-3-0-1 record on home ice this season.
The Golden Knights are expected to give the nod in net to Marc-Andre Fleury in this one. The veteran net minder is having yet another steady season, sporting a 2.38 GAA and a .913 save percentage accompanied with a 14-9-1 record. Vegas has turned the corner from an offensive standpoint, and they are now averaging 2.9 goals, ranking them 20th in the NHL. They are allowing 2.8 goals, good for eighth overall.
The Vegas Golden Knights are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
- 5-0 in their last 5 games after scoring two goals or less in their previous game.
- 19-4 in their last 23 home games against a team with a winning road record.
The Washington Capitals are:
- over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 games against the Pacific division.
- over is 20-6-1 in their last 27 games when their opponent scores two or fewer goals in their previous game.