After dropping game one the Washington Capitals have roared back with a pair of impressive wins to now lead the best of Seven Stanley Cup Final two games to one. Game three on Saturday night had to be demoralizing for the Vegas Golden Knights. Washington controlled and carried the play and looked like the superior team. Now Vegas must regroup and again prove the experts wrong, as they have done all year. But the question is now wide open about the Golden Knights ability to hang with the Caps. If Washington wins on Monday night they will be just one win away from the glory of hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup!
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Golden Knights vs. Capitals Game 4
Date and Time: Monday, June 4, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
NHL Odds at BetCris: Golden Knight +1 ½ -265, Capitals -1 ½ +225, Over 5 ½ EV, Under 5 ½ -120, Golden Knights +110, Capitals -130
Golden Knights vs. Capitals TV Coverage: NBC
Game five of this best of seven Stanley Cup Final is at Vegas on Thursday. If game six is necessary it will be at Washington on Sunday. Game seven would be in Vegas on Wednesday, June 13.
Who Really Is Deeper?
Vegas has been a force of nature all season but has come up to a stark reality check against the Capitals. Vegas head coach Gerrard Gallant loves to talk about his ability to roll four lines without fear. To the Golden Knights credit, they allowed Gallant to do this with exceptional play. When the series began it was believed by many that the Golden Knights had the depth advantage against the Capitals. Washington has proven that is not at all the case. As the series has progressed the Capitals have neutralized the Golden Knights, especially their top scorers. Gallant certainly is pleased that his fourth line is producing so well. But he has to be alarmed at how the Capitals have shut down the top Vegas lines. This has served to break the myth about Vegas being deeper. At best the teams have even depth.
Braden Holtby has been outstanding for the Capitals in the past two games. Holtby stopped 37 out of 39 shots in game two and 21 out of 22 shots in game three. He outplayed the highly touted Vegas netminder Marc Andre Fleury. Holtby has a save percentage in the playoffs of .922 with a 2.13 goals against average and two shutouts.
Fleury, more than any other player, is the reason that the Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup Final. And he has a sparking .937 save percentage so far in the post season with a 1.95 goals against average and four shutouts. But that does not take away from the fact that he is having a rough time of it in this series. Even in the Golden Knights game one win he stopped only 24 out of 28 shots. Overall, he has allowed 10 goals on 80 shots against in this series. That is simply not a sustainable trend for the Golden Knights.
Players to Watch
Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault leads the Golden Knights with eight playoff goals but has been shut out in the Final. In fact, he has not scored a goal in the last five games.
Much maligned Washington captain Alex Ovechkin has 14 goals and 11 assists with a plus six. “The Great Eight” has inspired with all out play and leading by example. He is two wins away from his first Cup and silencing critics forever.
Golden Knights vs. Capitals Free Picks
The most important Golden Knights are slumping at the worst time. Washington isn’t likely to let them off the hook.
Golden Knights vs. Capitals Pick: Bet the Washington Capitals money line
Golden Knights vs. Capitals Score Prediction: Capitals 3, Golden Knights 1
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