Golden Knights vs. Capitals Pick
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Capitals are a -115 favorite to win on the spread line. The Golden Knights are a -105 underdog, while the total sits at 5.5 goals. As of Sunday morning, 59 percent of public bets have sided with Washington.
Las Vegas enters with a 34-13-2-2 record after a 5-2 loss Friday night at the Wild. Washington is 30-16-4-1 after a 7-4 loss Friday at the Penguins. The Golden Knights won the first meeting this season on their home ice by a 3-0 shutout on Dec. 23.
In the loss at Minnesota, Erik Haula led Las Vegas with a goal and an assist. Nate Schmidt also scored a goal. David Perron dished out two assists. Malcolm Subban recorded 31 saves on 35 shots to take the loss. The Golden Knights trailed 4-1 through two periods and could not mount a comeback in the third.
Washington was paced by Alexander Ovechkin with two goals and an assist in the defeat at Pittsburgh. Evgeny Kuznetsoz and Dmitry Orlov both chipped in with a goal and an assist. Braden Holtby surrendered six goals on 33 shots to take the loss. He was relieved in the third period by Philipp Grubauer, who made five saves on six attempts. The Capitals tied the score at 4-4 with 18:10 left in the third period, but then proceeded to allow three unanswered goals.
Las Vegas is 7-0 in its last seven Sunday games. The Golden Knights are 6-0 in their last six games when playing the last game of a 4-in-6-nights situation. Washington is 5-1 in its last six games against teams with a winning percentage above .600.
Betting the Golden Knights on Sundays seems like a good plan. Actually, betting on Las Vegas any day of the week has been profitable. I'm going to ride the Golden Knights once again as they attempt a season sweep on Washington. The Capitals enter in poor form defensively with the seven goals allowed at the Penguins. Expect Las Vegas to take advantage and leave D.C. with a win.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: LAS VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS -105