The Washington Capitals will host the Vegas Golden Knights in a rematch of the 2018 Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night from the Capital One Arena. The Golden Knights are coming off a 4-2 road loss to the Sabres, and the Capitals were edged 7-6 in overtime by the Penguins in their previous action. The Capitals defeated the Golden Knights in five games in the Stanley Cup finals.
Golden Knights Seek Retribution Against Capitals
The Vegas Golden Knights will be looking for retribution after they fell in five games to the Capitals in the Stanley Cup final. The Knights have lost two of their first three games which included a 4-2 road loss to the Sabres on Monday. Jonathan Marchessault continued his strong start to the season with a goal and an assist in the losing cause. The 27-year old center has collected two goals and two assists in three games this season, and he tallied three assists against the Capitals in the finals. William Karlsson snapped his two game pointless drought by notching two assists in the loss to Buffalo. The speedy 25-year old center exploded for a career-high 43 goals and 78 points last season, and it will be interesting to see if he can duplicate those numbers this season.
The Golden Knights will turn to Marc-Andre Fleury in goal. The veteran goalie was pulled after allowing five goals in their season-opening defeat against the Flyers, and he has conceded 10 goals in his 2.5 games of action. Fleury only allowed three goals in two regular season games against the Capitals last season. Vegas has only scored a combined six goals in their first three games. They have allowed a total of 10 goals.
Capitals Off to Sizzling Start Offensively
The Washington Capitals have piled on the goals in their first two games of the season. They blanked the Bruins 7-0 in their season opener, followed by a 7-6 OT loss by the rival Penguins in their latest action. T.J. Oshie is enjoying a sizzling start to the season, netting three goals and two assists which included three points in the loss to Pittsburgh. The 31-year old right winger only netted 47 points last season, however he was outstanding in the playoffs, collecting 21 points in 24 games including six points against the Knights in the Stanley Cup final. Caps’ captain Alex Ovechkin has also found the back of the net in both games this season to go along with one assist. The 33-year old sniper scored 49 goals in the regular season last year, and he tallied five points against Vegas in the finals. Washington features a high octane offense that can pile on the goals in a hurry.
The Caps will likely send Braden Holtby between the pipes again in this one. The veteran net minder recorded a shutout in the season-opening win against Boston, and he squandered seven goals in the loss in Pittsburgh. There is a chance Caps’ backup Pheonix Copley could see action, however he will likely play Thursday night in New Jersey. The Capitals have scored a combined 13 goals in two games this season. They have allowed a total of seven goals in two games.
The Washington Capitals are:
- over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall.
- over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games after scoring 5 or more goals in their previous game.
- over is 4-1 in their last 5 games when their opponent scores two or fewer goals in their previous game.
The Vegas Golden Knights are:
- 12-4 in their last 16 games when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- 7-3 in their last 10 games when their opponent scores 5 or more goals in their previous game